Sunspots From Supercomputers
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Astronomers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research's High Altitude Observatory have developed the first high-resolution computer model of a sunspot. The simulated sunspot allows scientists to better understand these mysterious solar phenomena. This model was also featured in AMNH's new Space Show, Journey to the Stars.
The simulations can help scientists decipher the mysterious, subsurface forces in the Sun that cause sunspots. Such work may lead to an improved understanding of variations in solar output and their impacts on Earth.