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NASA spots a new magnetic explosion on the sun

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NASA has detected a new type of magnetic explosions, in, the hot upper reaches of the sun’s atmosphere.

Scientists have previously observed that there is an explosive snap, and the rearrangement of tangled magnetic field lines from the sun — a process known as magnetic reconnection — but never one that was caused by a nearby eruption.

The space agency said that the observation confirms that a ten-year-old theory, and it could also help scientists with a key to the mystery of the sun’s atmosphere, accurate predictions of space weather and lead to breakthroughs in controlled fusion and laboratory plasma experiments.

“This is the first observation of a non-executive director of magnetic reconnection,” Abhishek Srivastava, a solar scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) in Varanasi, India, said in a statement. “It can be very helpful for the understanding of other systems as well. For example, the Earth’s and planetary magnetospheres, and other magnetized plasma sources, including those from the experiments on the laboratory scale where the plasma is highly diffusive, and it is very hard to control.”

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According to the organization, is a type of magnetic reconnection is known as the spontaneous reconnection is, as we have seen, both the sun and the Earth. However, the new explosion-driven type is called forced reconnection — it had never been directly seen before, but it was the first theory of the case, it is 15 years old.

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The scientists’ new observations have just been published in the Astrophysical Journal.

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