New Observational Technique Can Peer Deep into the Sun’s Ocean

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Led by Scott McIntosh of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, the scientists used a device on the SDO spacecraft to map the magnetic fields that are woven throughout the sun, and all around it.

See Discover Magazine article: Scientists Probe Secrets of the Sun’s Seething Interior By Mapping Magnetic Fingerprints on its Surface

Image of Sun’s photospheric magnetic field
(left to right) The Sun’s photospheric magnetic field, the classification of the magnetic field in terms of its distance of connection - or range of influence - and the coronal environment. The data analyzed came from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory.