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Sunspots Revealed in Striking Detail by Supercomputers
June 18, 2009
In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the sun and its impacts on Earth, an international team of scientists, led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots. The resulting visuals capture both scientific detail and remarkable beauty.
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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