HINODE Captures Record Breaking Solar Magnetic Field
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) using the HINODE spacecraft observed the strongest magnetic field ever directly measured on the surface of the Sun. Analyzing data for 5 days around the appearance of this record breaking magnetic field, the astronomers determined that it was generated as a result of gas outflow from one sunspot pushing against another sunspot.
These results were published as Okamoto and Sakurai, “Super-strong Magnetic Field in Sunspots,” in “The Astrophysical Journal Letters”, 852 (2018).
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