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Solar "Heartbeat" Discovered: The Beat Goes On -- Inside The Sun

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March 31, 2000
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National Science Foundation
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Astronomers from the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory (NSO) have discovered a solar "heartbeat" in the motion of layers of gas circulating beneath the sun's surface. Their research shows that some layers speed up and slow down about every 16 months. This internal motion provides clues to understanding the cycle of activity observed on the surface.

Astronomers from the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory (NSO) have discovered a solar "heartbeat" in the motion of layers of gas circulating beneath the sun's surface. Their research shows that some layers speed up and slow down about every 16 months. This internal motion provides clues to understanding the cycle of activity observed on the surface.


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National Science Foundation. "Solar "Heartbeat" Discovered: The Beat Goes On -- Inside The Sun." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 March 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000331083903.htm>.
National Science Foundation. (2000, March 31). Solar "Heartbeat" Discovered: The Beat Goes On -- Inside The Sun. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000331083903.htm
National Science Foundation. "Solar "Heartbeat" Discovered: The Beat Goes On -- Inside The Sun." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/03/000331083903.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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