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Calcium Plasma on the Sun

This high-resolution photo of our sun shows the structure of calcium plasma on the surface of the sun. Plasmas are governed by the same physics as our familiar earthbound fluids but are also extremely sensitive to magnetic fields. Their branch of fluid dynamics is often referred to as magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), where the Navier-Stokes equations have to be solved in conjunction with Maxwell’s equations. (via Bad Astronomy)

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