Revealed one of the secrets of the Sun

Sun, whose activity is constantly fascinates and sometimes frightening, it was even more dynamic. On the surface of our star discovered many new processes, opening of which clarifies the intricacies of solar flares. Finally, it became clear why the solar atmosphere becomes hotter as the distance from the surface of the lights ...

The temperature at the surface of the Sun is about 5, 5 thousand kelvins. However, in the more distant from the surface layers of the immediate value is not only not reduced, but significantly increased - up to 500 thousand degrees Kelvin. A temperature of the corona, extending even further into the solar system, it is even more than that - it is more than a million degrees Kelvin.

Astronomers have long tormented by the mystery: what can be an additional source of energy, because warming gas? And, of course, the scientists were various options for an explanation of this phenomenon, most of which are considered justified concept, stating that the case can be somehow connected with the dynamics of the complex twisted configuration of the magnetic field at the surface of our star.

And now, this hypothesis has been confirmed. Astronomers have obtained pictures of the Sun, they sent spacecraft Hinode, which proved to be the most detailed among those that have ever enjoyed scientists ...

"Theorists had predicted that such magnetic fields can exist - says Leon Golub (Leon Golub), a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), working in the project Hinode. - And with the help of X-ray telescope on Hinode first time we were able to clearly see them ».


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