Once again, file under: "SCIENCE: We don't know what we don't know"
The Sun Is Stranger Than Astrophysicists Imagined
"we were so spectacularly wrong"
The sun radiates far more high-frequency light than expected, raising questions about unknown features of the sun’s magnetic field and the possibility of even more exotic physics.
“It’s amazing that we were so spectacularly wrong about something we should understand really well: the sun,” said Brian Fields, a particle astrophysicist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
A decade’s worth of telescope observations of the sun have revealed a startling mystery: Gamma rays, the highest frequency waves of light, radiate from our nearest star seven times more abundantly than expected. Stranger still, despite this extreme excess of gamma rays overall, a narrow bandwidth of frequencies is curiously absent.
“It’s amazing that we were so spectacularly wrong about something we should understand really well:THE SUN!”
Edited by Rogerdodger, 21 June 2021 - 04:12 PM.