Feedsee Energy : Sun's Magnetic Field : Coordinated measurements of the different layers of the solar atmosphere
To shed new light on the sun's magnetic field and how it impacts life on Earth, NASA is preparing major instrument components for launch on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Solar-B spacecraft. "Solar-B will record how energy stored in the solar magnetic field is released as that field rises into the sun's outer atmosphere," said NASA's Larry Hill. Three instruments -- the Solar Optical Telescope, the X-Ray Telescope and the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer -- will perform coordinated measurements of the different layers of the solar atmosphere. Continuous, simultaneous observations of specific solar features will enable the spacecraft to observe how changes in the magnetic field at the sun's surface spread through the layers of the solar atmosphere.