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Gorgeous Images of the Sun's Corona in Simulation

Magnetic field

solar eclipse

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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.

Solar crown

sun's corona simulation

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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

sun's corona

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Here, a simulation of the total eclipse's likely effect on the solar corona.

Streaming out

sun's corona

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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.

Space weather

total solar eclipse corona simulation

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The simulation could help predict space weather, which has the potential to cause trillions of dollars in damage.

Solar simulation

solar corona

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Here, more images from the simulation of the sun during the solar eclipse.

Field lines

solar corona

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A simulation of magnetic field lines shown as they emanate from the sun during the eclipse.