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Stanford Solar Scientists Solve One Of The Sun’s Mysteries


Credit: NASA SDO / HMI

Credit: NASA SDO / HMI

Stanford solar scientists have solved one of the few remaining fundamental mysteries of how the sun works.

The mechanism, known as meridional flow, works something like a conveyor belt. Magnetic plasma migrates north to south on the sun’s surface, from the equator to the poles, and then cycles into the sun’s interior on its way back to the equator.

The rate and depth beneath the surface of the sun at which this process occurs is critical for predicting the sun’s magnetic and flare activity, but has remained largely unknown until now.

Full Story: http://news.stanford.edu/pr/2013/pr-solar-magnetic-field-082913.html

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