Sun’s major heat source generated by braiding of magnetic field through corona

"NASA's High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, was launched to the edge of space on July 11 2012, from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, USA." -Source: UCLAN
“NASA’s High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, was launched to the edge of space on July 11 2012, from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, USA.”
-Source: UCLAN

The sun’s major heat source could likely be generated by the twisting and braiding of the magnetic field through the corona, current solar images indicate.  The University of Central Lancashire has published a new discovery made with, “The highest resolution images ever achieved of the Sun’s outer atmosphere (corona).”

NASA launched a High Resolution Coronal(Hi-C) Imager in July of last year.  According to the UCLAN article,“The resulting images provide intriguing hints of a mechanism that likely contributes significantly to the heating of the solar corona.”

Scientists have long argued over why the sun’s atmosphere is “400 times hotter” than the surface  of the sun, or approximately 2 million degrees kelvin.   This article proposes that energy from outside the sun might be responsible for creating these twisted magnetic filaments that then burst out, heating the sun’s atmosphere.

“For the first time, Hi-C’s image sequences show the twisting up or braiding of the magnetic field that is threaded through the corona. This distinctive braiding of the magnetic field is a clear signal that energy is being added into the corona which may then be released violently, heating the electrified gases to well over 2 million degrees.”

The article reports that these images were taken in the, “Extreme ultra-violet part of the electromagnetic spectrum,” and were able to capture, “Approximately one image every five seconds.”   It continues:

“The telescope includes mirrors made at the Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, some of the finest mirrors ever made for space-based instrumentation.”

Solar Physicist at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Karel Schrijver is quoted from the article:

“The Hi-C images demonstrate that we now have the technology to make the next leap in understanding the Sun’s violent magnetism.”

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