The sun is a very dynamic place, a constantly churning ball of immense energy that can put on dazzling displays of flares, sunspots and the like. But did you know that it also rains there?
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Supercomputer simulation showing the tangled magnetosphere surrounding Earth. Credit: OLCF
A new computer simulation is showing Earth’s magnetosphere in amazing detail – and it looks a lot like a huge pile of tangled spaghetti (with the Earth as a meatball). Or perhaps a cosmic version of modern art…
See Universe Today for the full article.
Just came across another amazing image of our sun, taken by photographer Alan Friedman; it shows a close-up view of the sun’s surface and limb, with incredible detail, most notably a detached prominence which floats above the sun’s surface like a wispy cirrus cloud (in appearance only, of course). Larger version here. Beautiful.
Credit: Alan Friedman
Ok, again not a planetary related post specifically, but this is another great photo, a new high-resolution image of the surface of the Sun. The detail is amazing, including the sunspot in the lower left. More info and larger image here.
Credit: K. Reardon (Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, INAF) IBIS, DST, NSO