Simulation eye candy

The image shows the heating in the upper solar atmosphere called the corona. Here the temperature is more than 1 Million Kelvin, much hotter than the solar surface.

blue, green, red flame-like structures

The heating of the corona is one of the great mysteries in astronomy, and at RoCS we try to find an answer to this puzzle. The image is from a simulation of the solar atmosphere spanning, 72 million km by 72 million km of the solar surface, and 40 million km vertically. It is the largest simulation of its kind, and is run on supercomputers placed both in Norway and internationally.

By Martina D'Angelo, Boris Gudiksen
Published June 14, 2018 2:36 PM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2021 10:48 AM