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SOHO Reveals the Sun's Dark Secret

Press Release From: Glenn Research Center
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Scientists now have the first clear picture of what lies beneath sunspots, enigmatic, planet-sized dark areas on the surface of the Sun; and have peered inside the Sun to see swirling flows of electrified gas (plasma) that create a self-reinforcing cycle which holds a sunspot together. Read more below...

Please find a link to our new press release on this link. There are several high res graphics and animations here. NASA TV will air animations today as well (see information below).

http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/20010919sunspot.html

The story is also on our ESA news site as well (after 17:00 GMT): http://sci.esa.int/

Images will also be available on our hotshots very soon: http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/hotshots/

EMBARGOED until 1 PM EST (so basicly ready to og)

Sincerely

Paal Brekke

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