‘Campfires’ offer clue to solar heating mystery

Baldwin, E. ; Chen, Y. ; Hardi, P. ; Berghmans, D. ; Mueller, D.

Released on 2021-04-27

Abstract: Computer simulations show that the miniature solar flares nicknamed ‘campfires’, discovered last year by ESA’s Solar Orbiter, are likely driven by a process that may contribute significantly to the heating of the Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona. If confirmed by further observations this adds a key piece to the puzzle of what heats the solar corona – one of the biggest mysteries in solar physics.

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