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  1. The installation of ViSP in Hawaii.

    A ‘bucket full of photons’ may yield clues about the Sun's magnetic fields

    Scientists at NCAR designed and built one of the Inouye Solar Telescope’s five instruments: the Visible Spectro-Polarimeter (ViSP). This extremely versatile instrument can observe any wavelength across the visible spectrum of the Sun’s radiation, allowing scientists a huge degree of flexibility to explore.

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  2. An illustration of four microsatellites observing the Sun

    Microsatellites to take never-before-seen look at the young solar wind

    The PUNCH mission will fill the observational gaps to create a seamless view.

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  3. A visualization of a solar tsunami based on a computer simulation

    ‘Terminators’ on the Sun trigger plasma tsunamis and the start of new solar cycles

    In a pair of new papers, scientists paint a picture of how solar cycles suddenly die, potentially causing tsunamis of plasma to race through the Sun’s interior and trigger the birth of the next sunspot cycle only a few short weeks later.

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  4. Instrument scientist Jenna Samra kneels next to the Airborne InfraRed Spectrometer (AIR-Spec)

    Scientists to chase South American total eclipse with research aircraft

    Scientists at NCAR and CfA follow South American eclipse in NSF/NCAR research aircraft.

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  5. A solar flare modeled in the new study

    Solar flares: From emergence to eruption

    A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar flare: from the buildup of energy thousands of kilometers below the solar surface, to the emergence of tangled magnetic field lines, to the explosive release of energy in a brilliant flash.

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