Ahead of total solar eclipse, scientists use spacecraft data to predict the Sun’s corona

Published by on 04/08/2024 UTC

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States — the first since 2017 and the last until Aug. 12, 2045. During totality, or the moment at which the Moon is completely covering the Sun, the Sun’s outer atmosphere, called the corona, and other prominences become visible to the naked eye. Scientists often use total solar eclipses as a chance to observe and study the Sun’s corona, and their results contribute to our understanding of stellar dynamics and solar storms and how they affect Earth.

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