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Scientists Find Elusive Waves in Sun's Corona
August 30, 2007
Scientists for the first time have observed elusive oscillations in the sun's corona, known as Alfvén waves. The discovery is expected to give researchers more insight into the fundamental behavior of solar magnetic fields, eventually leading to a fuller understanding of how the sun affects Earth and the solar system.
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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