Seething Cauldron of Disruptive Influences

Posted on August 30, 2011

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New research by Stanford University professor Phil Sherrer’s research group has developed a method for detecting sun spots that are developing deep within the sun.

The detection method involves “using acoustic waves to catch sunspots in the early stage of development” and may provide up to two days notice of a sunspot event.

Extra time during this early warning period could provide an opportunity to protect sensitive communication systems and other vulnerable electronics from severe solar emission.

“The key to the new method is using acoustic waves generated inside the sun by the turbulent motion of plasma and gases in constant motion,” Bergeron’s article states.

The complete story by Louis Bergeron appears on the University’s research news site. The title of this post is taken from the poetic lead sentence in Bergeron’s article.

More images, including moving images of the “detected travel-time perturbations” used for predicting the sun spot location can be viewed on the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager’s news site.

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