NASA Gets Up Close And Personal With The Sun’s Atmosphere, Reveals One ‘Violent Place’

December 9, 2013 8:27 PM

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NASA Gets Up Close And Personal With The Sun’s Atmosphere, Reveals One ‘Violent Place’

IRIS was launched on June 27 and opened its telescope door on July 17. The spacecraft has spent six months observing the interface region of the sun and the new images were presented at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting held on Monday.

For researchers, the images provide new insight on the role of the sun’s atmosphere in speeding up solar wind while aiding in eruptive solar events, such as coronal mass ejections. Researchers hope to use IRIS to understand energy transfer within the sun, as the upper layer of the sun’s atmosphere, ...

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