9 December 2013
According to images and data from NASA's newest solar observatory, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, the region located between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere has been revealed as a more violent place than previously understood. For the first time, IRIS is making it possible to study the explosive phenomena in the interface region in sufficient detail to determine their role in heating the outer solar atmosphere. Over its first six months, IRIS has provided scientists with detailed images of the interface region, finding even more turbulence and complexity than expected. IRIS scientists presented the mission's early observations at a press conference at the Fall American Geophysical Union meeting on 9 December. (Image Credit: NASA/LMSAL/IRIS)
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