A new simulation predicts what the sun's corona will look like when the total eclipse occurs today (Aug. 21). Here, magnetic field lines emanating from the sun.
The solar corona is made up of jets of plasma that spew millions of miles out into space. The new simulation uses data on the magnetic field at the surface of the sun from NASA's solar dynamics observatory, along with solar rotation maps and other data.
Jets of plasma
Here, a simulation of the total eclipse's likely effect on the solar corona.
The simulation will reveal how jets of plasma spew from the sun. Then, that data can be compared to data from jets that are snapping real photos of the corona during eclipse.
The simulation could help predict space weather, which has the potential to cause trillions of dollars in damage.
Here, more images from the simulation of the sun during the solar eclipse.
A simulation of magnetic field lines shown as they emanate from the sun during the eclipse.