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One of the most enduring space mysteries is closer to home than you might think.

Why the sun's atmosphere is so hot has foxed solar physicists for decades, and while it may not appear to have the glamour of the mysteries of dark matter, dark energy and the hunt for the Higgs boson, this solar mystery is at the very core of space weather prediction, impacting our everyday lives.

And today, it has been announced that we may be one step closer to understanding why the sun's atmosphere -- a.k.a. the corona -- is over 20 times hotter than the solar surface and how the solar wind is accelerated to hundreds of kilometers per second.

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Category: Science