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Large amounts of plasma (consisting of mostly electrons and protons) ejected from the sun.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Short bursts of gamma-rays (very high frequency electromagentic radiation) with very energetic explosions. These bursts can last from a few milliseconds to a few about an hour.
Geomagnetic Storms
A disturbance in the Earth's magnetosphere caused by changes in space weather such as solar erutptions.
The region around the sun that is filled with the Sun's gases, solar winds, and magentic fields.
The magnetic field produced by the Sun that is carried through by solar winds.
The uppermost part of the atmosphere. It also forms the inner surface of the magnetosphere and is reponsible for radio communication between distant places on Earth.
Lagrangian Point
Equilibrium points in space where the gravitational pull by a massive body is equal to that of another body.
Forms when a stream of charged particles, such as a solar wind, interacts with the magnetic field of a planet.
The surface of the sun that you see.
Solar Eruptions
These are sudden intense bursts of energy in the sun. They may develop in a few minutes and last for several hours.
Solar Wind
A constant stream pf charged particles, such as electrons and protons, that are continuously ejected from the upper atmosphere of the Sun.
Suprathermal Ions
Ions, charged particles, that have more energy than similar particles of the same type.

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Latest Sounds of STEREO


Dr. Laura Peticolas was interviewed by the Exploratorium about her research, her inspiration and how and why scientists sonify data for an Exploratorium podcast. You can find the podcast at the Exploratorium Website.
Click here to find the podcast on the Exploratorium Website.
Click here to download the podcast (.mp3, 29MB)

We have created a presentation that explains what this new sonification project is about and showcases some sounds from the project. You can view this presentations in several different formats:

Download it as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation with the sounds in a zip file (20.8MB)

View it as an HTML File here

Download it as a PDF file with embedded sounds (2.09MB)

Click here to download a video demonstrating sonification in action! (189MB avi)

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