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Solar Physicists Get a Glimpse of the Far Side

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Science  10 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5459, pp. 1726-1727
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5459.1726b

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Researchers may have learned how to detect storms brewing on the far side of the sun, 2 weeks before they swing toward Earth. On page 1799 of this issue, two solar physicists explain how they unraveled tiny stutters in acoustic vibrations that ring the sun like a bell and traced them clear across the sun to a massive disturbance on the other side. Earlier warnings may help protect satellites, spacewalking astronauts, and electrical utilities.