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magnetic waves on the sun



Recent studies by nasa try to explain why the corona is so much hotter than the surface of the sun. The corona is a layer of plasma traveling millions of kilometers into space from the sun and can reach temperatures of 2 million Celsius over 20 times hotter than the surface of the sun itself. Recent studies have reintroduced previously ignored magnetic waves called alfven waves which in theory drive solar wind through the outermost layers of plasma and heat or accelerate it. Recent studies show that they are 100 times stronger than thought and while not proven is a likely explanation. I think I'll research this again in a few years to see if any more discoveries were made on the subject


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