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Fraser
2009-Jun-19, 04:20 PM
Seriously, I don't think we should stare at this too long … but for scientists who plan to, this new, high-resolution view of a sunspot stands to unlock secrets of the Sun's mysterious energetics. In the just-released image above, the interface between a sunspot's umbra (dark center) and penumbra (lighter outer region) shows a complex structure [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2009/06/19/new-close-up-view-probes-the-nature-of-sunspots/)

galactic cannibal
2009-Jul-05, 11:59 PM
Thank you. A new picture for my collection. I don't add to it too often.

dhd40
2009-Jul-06, 01:48 PM
Seriously, I don't think we should stare at this too long … but for scientists who plan to, this new, high-resolution view of a sunspot stands to unlock secrets of the Sun's mysterious energetics. In the just-released image above, the interface between a sunspot's umbra (dark center) and penumbra (lighter outer region) shows a complex structure [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2009/06/19/new-close-up-view-probes-the-nature-of-sunspots/)

The text is very unclear to me: Is it an image of a real sunspot, or the image of a simulated sunspot?

CJSF
2009-Jul-06, 06:02 PM
It is from a computer simulation, according to the article.

CJSF

dhd40
2009-Jul-06, 07:12 PM
It is from a computer simulation, according to the article.

CJSF

Thanks. Still, it looks very "natural" to me. Must be a really good simulation