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).

The story is also on our ESA news site as well (after 17:00 GMT):

Images will also be available on our hotshots very soon:

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


Paal Brekke

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