The scientific world is still craving more details about the star of life and death, namely the sun. Researchers have actually prepared for years for the eclipse of the century. They intend to run experiments and studies as the fabric of the very solar corona is still an enchanting mystery for humans.
Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse Will Offer Scientists up to Four Hours of Observations about the Solar Corona
The United States will experience a rare total solar eclipse next week on 21st August. This is a unique opportunity for astronomers to gain an in-depth insight into the mysteries that surround the sun. This time, they are better equipped with the latest technology in their domain.
Previous such phenomena provided valuable information as well. They helped scientists over the centuries understand more about the solar corona, which is the outer atmosphere of the star. On top of that, they measured corona’s intense heat, discovered helium, and verified the General Theory of Relativity that Einstein discovered.
Monday’s event will follow the path between West Coast to the East which measures a line of 70 miles. This would give scientists around three to four hours to note down observations and complete experiments.
The aspect that makes eclipses invaluable to the scientific world is that they expose the corona in its full glory during daylight for enough time. This fact allows professionals to note down different observations at different wavelengths. These conditions could favor discoveries about corona’s structure and magnetic field.
Scientists Still Can’t Explain the Nuclear Fusions that Power the Sun and the Reason Why Corona Is Hotter than the Body
The main puzzle that scientists are still not able to track is the nature of nuclear fusions that have empowered the sun for billions of years. If they gain more knowledge in this respect, they could make accurate predictions of the moment in time when the star will become a white dwarf. However, this event might take other billions of years to happen.
Another intriguing question about the sun is the exact agent that makes the corona hotter than the body of the star. The answer might have something to do with the magnetic energy that surrounds the sun. Nonetheless, scientists need more data about this phenomenon to crack it.
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