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Weak solar convection is 100 times slower than scientists had predicted.

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 2 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "These new findings based on SDO imagery, if verified, would upend our understanding of how heat is transported outwards by the Sun and challenges existing explanations of the formation of sunspots, the magnetic field generation of the sun, not to mention the concept of convective mixing of light and heavy elements in the solar atmosphere.

âoeHowever, our results suggest that convective motions in the Sun are nearly 100 times smaller than these current theoretical expectations,â continued Hanasoge, also a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Plank Institute in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany. âoeIf these motions are indeed that slow in the Sun, then the most widely accepted theory concerning the generation of solar magnetic field is broken, leaving us with no compelling theory to explain its generation of magnetic fields and the need to overhaul our understanding of the physics of the Sunâ(TM)s interior.â"

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