NASA's IRIS Probe Spots Plasma Bombs and Nanoflares on Sun

October 16, 2014 10:16 PM

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NASA's IRIS Probe Spots Plasma Bombs and Nanoflares on Sun

The first results from a new NASA sun-studying spacecraft are in, and they reveal a complex and intriguing picture of Earth's star.

While spacecraft can enter planetary atmospheres, they cannot fly through the outer atmosphere of the sun, where temperatures reach 3.5 million degrees Fahrenheit (2 million degrees Celsius). Probes like IRIS instead must study the star from a safe distance. Unlike previous instruments, IRIS can tak...

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