The newest solar observatory NASA IRIS has received the first data of the lowest layers of the solar atmosphere; it is mysterious and yet poorly understood sunny area.
Data obtained in just 21 hours after the preparation and inclusion of the telescope had already reveal new details about the lower layers of the solar atmosphere.
Spacecraft IRIS (short for Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph) took pictures of thin magnetic structures and the flow of energy in the solar atmosphere. These first observations suggest that a large number of streams of solar energy pass through the lowermost layers of its atmosphere.
"After the grand opening of our new telescope and the first observations of IRIS, we have opened a new window into the study of the energy of the solar atmosphere," said the statement, John Grunsfeld, associate administrator Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. "We are looking forward to the new data, which we will soon provide IRIS.»
During his two-year program, the work of IRIS will be devoted to in-depth study of this until a mysterious region of the sun, which generates most of the ultraviolet emission stars. The spacecraft will explore how the sun moves matter, as it focuses and how is heated as it passes through this mysterious part in the lower layers of the atmosphere.