Sunspots depicted in amazing detail courtesy of NCAR


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In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the Sun and its impacts on Earth, an international team of scientists led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots. The resulting visuals capture both scientific detail and remarkable beauty.

The high-resolution simulations of sunspot pairs open the way for researchers to learn more about the vast mysterious dark patches on the Sun’s surface. Sunspots are the most striking manifestations of solar magnetism on the solar surface, and they are associated with massive ejections of charged plasma that can cause geomagnetic storms and disrupt communications and navigational systems. They also contribute to variations in overall solar output, which can affect weather on Earth and exert a subtle influence on climate patterns.

The research, by scientists at NCAR and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, is being published this week in Science Express.

“This is the first time we have a model of an entire sunspot,” says lead author Matthias Rempel, a scientist at NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory. “If you want to understand all the drivers of Earth’s atmospheric system, you have to understand how sunspots emerge and evolve. Our simulations will advance research into the inner workings of the Sun as well as connections between solar output and Earth’s atmosphere.”

Check out the gallery and animations. Something truly special.

2 thoughts on “Sunspots depicted in amazing detail courtesy of NCAR

  1. Carrington says:

    “Our Sun Has Entered a New Cycle, And It Could Be One of The Strongest Ever Recorded” https://www.sciencealert.com/the-new-sunspot-cycle-could-be-one-of-the-strongest-we-ve-ever-recorded
    ‘Unprecedented’ high-res image of sunspot captured by new solar telescope (12/8/20) https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/08/world/sunspot-high-res-image-scn-trnd/index.html
    A sunspot about the same size as Earth was observed by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, revealing details as small as 20 km across. The image is about 16,000 km wide. The colors are shown in orange, red, and brown, but the actual wavelength used was 530 nanometers, in the green part of the spectrum. Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF (click to enlarge)

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