NASA releases stunning image of sun's magnetic field

NASA Releases Stunning Image Of Sun's Magnetic Field
NASA Releases Stunning Image Of Sun's Magnetic Field

NASA recently released an illustration of the sun's magnetic field placed over an image taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The accompanying press release points out that the "magnetic fields are densest near the bright spots visible on the sun – which are magnetically strong active regions – and many of the field lines link one active region to another."

See images from a month in space:

The numerous gold-hued lines also provide insights into "...the ways the sun's magnetism changes in response to the constant movement on and inside the sun."

The map was created from a "...model of the magnetic measurements of the solar surface."

While the glow surrounding the sun in the underlying photo is actually invisible to the naked eye, it was colored gold for demonstration purposes.

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