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The Sun As Art
Mobile jet streams in the Sun
06/14/11

 

Mobile "jet streams" in the Sun migrate from the poles toward the equator as the solar cycle progresses. At left (solar minimum) the red jet streams are located near the poles. At right (solar maximum) they have migrated close to the equator. The jet streams are associated with the locations where sunspots emerge during the solar cycle, and are thought to play an important role in generating the Sun's magnetic field. Credit: Southwest Research Institute Planetary Science Directorate



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