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Huge Waves in the Sun Discovered with NASA Mission

20 Jul 2021, 15:11 UTC
Huge Waves in the Sun Discovered with NASA Mission

NASA/ Solar Dynamics Observatory

Without a solid surface, the Sun constantly churns and writhes. Sixty years ago, scientists discovered choppy waves, or oscillations, on the surface of the Sun that move up and down with periods – the time between each wave peak – of only about five minutes. Now, scientists have discovered much more slowly oscillating swells in the Sun’s surface, with periods comparable to the Sun’s 27-day rotation.

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