Massive solar explosions could explain an extremely hot mystery


Massive explosions in the sun’s atmosphere could help to explain a curious pattern of heat distribution that has puzzled researchers for decades, reports the BBC. The explosions were discovered within a brief five minutes of imagery captured by a NASA camera that’s still in development. By comparing the images — which can be seen in the video below — a group of researchers led by professors at the University of Central Lancashire identified a new phenomenon they they’ve named “extreme ultraviolet bright dots,” which they’re colloquially referring to as “sparkles.”

What’s stumped researchers is how heat radiating from the sun is a “few million degrees” Kelvin while the sun’s surface temperature remains much cooler at closer to 6000…

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