It’s one the great enduring mysteries of solar physics — why is the sun’s lower corona hundreds of times hotter than the Sun’s photosphere? For many decades, scientists on Earth have sought an answer to the puzzle, though doing so exclusively within the confines of the standard model of the Sun.
Recently, a team of scientists reported observational evidence that the mysterious rise in temperature could be driven by so-called “magnetic plasma pulses.” Of course, like all scientific data, both what scientists are looking for and how they interpret what they see is determined by their theoretical premises. In this episode, we asked Dr. Scott for a comprehensive overview of the Electric Sun model’s explanation for the mystery of coronal heating.
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