The aim of the research is to gather knowledge about the structure and dynamics in the Sun's outer atmosphere, which is extending beyond Earth itself. The research also serves part of the wider goal, targeting the scientific community, to give answers to the STFC's Science Roadmap Challenge: "How does the Sun influence the environment of the Earth and the rest of the Solar System?" The Dundee and Durham team will have numerical simulations and mathematical modelling at their disposal to combine with each other to reveal the mystery behind the Sun's magnetic fields and their effects on the Earth. Furthermore, modelling takes the input from the latest generation of solar telescopes, with observations used to validate the output. Research includes a variety of tests, from global simulations to the predictions of slow solar winds.
"Combined, the results will help to predict and explain events in the solar corona and help us understand some of the basic plasma physical processes that go on throughout the Universe," said Dr David Pontin, joint lead on the project at the University of Dundee.
Source: University of Dundee. Posted by Egert Indres on December 25, 2015 at
CREDIT FOR MAIN IMAGE: “Earth's size comparison to the Sun.” Credit: NASA SDO.