What can scientist learn by studying sun spots?
A new look at sunspots
October 9, 2020
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA's extensive fleet of spacecraft allows scientists to study the Sun extremely close-up - one of the agency's spacecraft is even on its way to fly through the Sun's outer atmosphere. But sometimes taking a step back can provide new insight.
Spotting young suns that that are conducive to supporting habitable planets, helps scientists who focus on astrobiology, the study of the origin evolution, and distribution of life in the universe. Several next generation telescopes in production, which will be able to observe other stars in x-ray and ultraviolet wavelengths, could use the new results to decode observations of distant stars. In turn, this will help identify those stars with appropriate levels of stellar activity for life -- and that can then be followed up by observations from other upcoming high-resolution missions, such as NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.
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