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SOHO Probes the Sun's Turbulent Neighborhood

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Science  25 Jul 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5325, pp. 479
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5325.479

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Earth's atmosphere may seem like a turbulent place with its hurricanes and thunderstorms, but it pales next to the atmosphere of the sun. Now solar physicists are getting their clearest look yet at what drives solar weather, courtesy of the European Space Agency's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Last month, 300 solar physicists gathered in Oslo, Norway, at a SOHO workshop--the first since SOHO's launch last year--to discuss the results so far.