Solar Maximum Could Reveal Secrets of the Sun

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Published on February 15, 2024 - Duration: 01:31s

Solar Maximum Could Reveal Secrets of the Sun

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'The Independent' reports that an upcoming period of increased solar activity could help scientists understand some lingering uncertainties about the Sun.

The imminent "solar maximum" means that our star is currently spewing gamma rays, the highest energy form of light.

Gamma ray numbers are far higher than scientists ever expected.

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The intense stream of energetic solar emissions offers scientists a better understanding of gamma rays, including where they come from.

We have found results that challenge our current understanding of the Sun and its environment, Elena Orlando, co-author of the study from the University of Trieste, INFN, and Stanford University, via 'The Independent'.

We demonstrated a strong correlation of the asymmetry in the solar gamma-ray emission in coincidence with the solar magnetic field flip, which has revealed a possible link among solar astronomy, particle physics, and plasma physics, Elena Orlando, co-author of the study from the University of Trieste, INFN, and Stanford University, via 'The Independent'.

We demonstrated a strong correlation of the asymmetry in the solar gamma-ray emission in coincidence with the solar magnetic field flip, which has revealed a possible link among solar astronomy, particle physics, and plasma physics, Elena Orlando, co-author of the study from the University of Trieste, INFN, and Stanford University, via 'The Independent'.

Currently, leading theories include that gamma rays are connected to solar flares and coronal mass ejections or potentially linked to changes in the Sun's magnetic configuration.

'The Independent' reports that a better understanding could improve the physics models used to predict solar activity.

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Those models are used to make predictions that protect vital instruments in orbit around the planet.

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Scientists have warned that increased solar activity has the potential to cause significant damage to Earth's technology and infrastructure.

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The team's findings were described in an article published by 'The Astrophysical Journal.'


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