Earth-like waves spotted around the Sun could help us predict space weather

High above the Earth, huge waves pass through the atmosphere, created by the path of the jet stream. Now, researchers have found the same kind of planetary wave exists in the atmosphere around the Sun.

Known as Rossby waves, the formations occur in fluids, like the atmosphere or in oceans, that are rotating with the Earth. The particular waves discovered on the Sun are likely to be related to solar activity including the formation of sunspots, active regions and the eruption of solar flares.

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