New computer simulations show Earth’s spaghetti-like magnetosphere

Supercomputer simulation showing the tangled magnetosphere surrounding Earth. Credit: OLCF

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…

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Beautiful photo of Sun with floating prominence

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