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  1. Satellite imagery helps scientists study Sun’s plasma jets

    Solar scientists have long debated why the Sun's corona, or atmosphere, is millions of degrees hotter than its surface. Images retrieved by the Hinode satellite, launched in 2006, are shining some light on this paradox.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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  2. UCAR Magazine

    Looking within the min

    If the last few years have seen a so-called quiet Sun, its silence has spoken volumes. Researchers have taken advantage of a raft of new sensors and a special observing campaign to learn much about what happens when the sun temporarily powers down.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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  3. A new model of the Sun’s open magnetic flux

    The solar minimum that bottomed out from 2006 to 2010 was the longest and deepest since modern space observations began. Among other effects, it reorganized the areas of flux from open magnetic field lines that produce solar wind.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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  4. Sunspots

    The Sun's a hot topic

    The public is keenly interested in the Sun and its doings. “Sunspots” is one of the most frequent search terms bringing visitors to the NCAR/UCAR website.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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  5. UCAR Magazine

    Spectacular sunspots

    In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the Sun and its impacts on Earth, an international team of scientists from NCAR and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research has created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots.

    • Sun + Space Weather

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