This Is When and Where It Rains Plasma on the Sun

SciShow brings you all the details we know so far about coronal rain.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Did you know it rains on the Sun? Ok, it is not water rain like on Earth. Instead, it rains plasma. That's how hot it is!

Scientists call these falling blobs of plasma coronal rain, and they think that understanding them might be able to solve the mystery as to why it gets so much hotter on the corona of the Sun than on the surface.

It can be 300 times as hot in the outer atmospheric layer than on the surface, and no one knows why. To examine this, scientists studied this coronal rain, particularly where the rain occurs.

What they found was that the rain was located in smaller magnetic loops. Those rain all the time. This suggested that the dramatic temperatures could happen on much smaller scales. 

Another mystery is why some of the plasma turns into rain while other becomes part of the solar wind. The Parker Solar Probe is supposed to bring more information on this.

The folk over at SciShow explain all this along with bringing you the latest in space news. So, we won't tell you any more details here. Watch the video to find out where and when it rains on the Sun and more.

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