April 12, 2024

How photos of the April 8 solar eclipse will help us understand the sun’s atmosphere

There is a gap in our observations of the Sun: part of the atmosphere is effectively invisible to our telescopes. However, images taken from Earth during a solar eclipse fill that gap and provide unprecedented insight into our star’s hidden layer.

But capturing these images requires expertise, special equipment and a lot of patience. . One of the few people who can take it and process it images of solar eclipses so they reveal some of the sun’s best-protected secrets, is the Czech mathematician Miloslav Druckmüller. His breathtaking depictions of the wispy white rays and loops of magnetic lines that make up the solar corona as it emerges from the eclipsed Sun to the human eye are well known in solar physics circles.

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