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Scientists Gain Better Understanding of Exotic Matter in Sun’s Atmosphere

27 May 2019, 14:17 UTC
Scientists Gain Better Understanding of Exotic Matter in Sun’s Atmosphere NASA / SDO

Scientists from Ireland and France today announced a major new finding about how matter behaves in the extreme conditions of the Sun’s atmosphere. The scientists used large radio telescopes and ultraviolet cameras on a NASA spacecraft to better understand the exotic but poorly understood “fourth state of matter”. Known as plasma, this matter could hold the key to developing safe, clean and efficient nuclear energy generators on Earth.

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