A New Kind of Explosion on the Sun

  • Released Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:45PM
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In the scorching upper reaches of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, scientists have just seen a new type of magnetic explosion. Known as forced or controlled magnetic reconnection, this process occurs when a nearby eruption causes tangled magnetic field lines to explosively snap and realign, flinging out particles and energy. The discovery may help scientists understand a key mystery about the Sun’s atmosphere.



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