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A New Sun Born in Computer Wears the Right Look for Eclipse


New NASA and National Science Foundation-funded research has produced the most true-to-life computer simulation ever made of our sun's multimillion-degree atmosphere, as confirmed by actual observations during the March 29 solar eclipse.

This modeling effort marks the beginning of a new era in space weather prediction, showing that computer models can in fact describe the physics of the sun's active outer atmosphere, also known as the corona. The better scientists understand this region, the better prepared they are to understand and forecast space weather events and protect astronauts, satellites and communications and power systems on Earth.


+ Craig DeForest, American Astronomical Society/Solar Physics Division Press Officer

+ Zoran Mikic, Senior Research Scientist, Science Applications International Corp., San Diego, Calif.

+ Joe Davila, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

+ Janet Luhmann,  Senior Space Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.


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Dwayne Brown
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC
Phone: 202/358-1726
Nancy Neal
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland
Phone: 301/286-0039
Bill Steigerwald
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, Maryland
Phone: 301/286-5017
Cheryl Dybas
National Science Foundation
Arlington, Virginia
Phone: 703/292-7734

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