FAST waves have been discovered to be coming from the sun, and they’re moving faster than previously thought possible.
So say stunned scientists who claim to have observed solar waves on the sun’s surface moving three times faster than expected.
Researchers have dubbed the waves a “true mystery.”
The surprising results were published in the journal Nature Astronomy.
A team of researchers examined 25 years of solar data collected from both space and Earth.
This is how they discovered the extreme solar waves.
They called them high frequency retrograde (HFR) waves.
The waves swirl on the sun’s surface and move in the opposite direction to other sun waves.
You may be surprised to hear that the sun has waves, but they are not like the waves we have in the ocean.
The sun is made up of burning hot gases that form matter called plasma.
Scientists study the Sun’s outer plasma to get an idea of what’s going on inside.
The researchers believe the new HRF waves could teach us more about what’s happening inside the Sun.
They believe the fast waves could have a connection to magnetism, gravity, or convection.
Chris S. Hanson, lead investigator, said: “If the HFR waves could be attributed to one of these three processes, then the finding would have answered some of the unanswered questions we have about the Sun.
“However, these new waves don’t seem to be a result of these processes, and that’s exciting because it leads to a whole new set of questions.”
Shravan Hanasoge, a co-author of the article, said: “The mere existence of HFR modes and their origin is a real mystery and could allude to some exciting physics.
“It has the potential to provide insights into the otherwise unobservable interior of the Sun.”
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