A new type of explosion, scientists spotted a magnetic explosion on the surface of the sun. This was unlike anything they’ve ever seen. Though this initially theorized about 15 years ago. This was their first observation thanks to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Findings of the explosion published this week in the Astrophysical Journal.
They saw the result of an eruption on the surface of the sun, flinging up a loop of material in the sun’s corona. This material is known as a prominence. The prominence fell back to the sun and collided with the lines of the magnetic field. This created the explosion.
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Upon understanding, this phenomenon could help scientists understand more about the sun’s atmosphere.
This behavior is triggered by an eruption that causes plasma, or energized gas, to be pushed together with magnetic fields and forces them to reconnect.
The magnetic field lines on the sun are invisible, but they’re also impacted by the super-heated charged particles of plasma nearby. For years, scientists attempted why the sun’s corona millions of degrees hotter than the sun itself.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is investigating that right now as it closely orbits the sun.