ALMA observes a giant sunspot (3 millimetres)

This ALMA image of an enormous sunspot was taken at a wavelength of 3 millimetres. Sunspots are transient features that occur in regions where the Sun’s magnetic field is extremely concentrated and powerful. They have lower temperatures than their surrounding regions, which is why they appear relatively dark.

These observations are the first ever made of the Sun with a facility where ESO is a partner. They are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the mysterious physics of our nearest star.

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ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

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Auðkenni:eso1703b
Tegund:Reikistjörnu
Útgáfudagur:Jan 17, 2017, 15:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1703
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Nafn:Sun, Sun spot
Tegund:Solar System : Star : Feature : Photosphere : Sunspot
Flokkur:Solar System

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Millímetri3.0 mmAtacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
Band 3