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The images on this page are drawn from a new computer model, developed by researchers at NCAR and other institutions, that simulates convection patterns in the deep interior of the Sun in unprecedented detail. The patterns, known as giant cells, play a critical role in solar variability, influencing magnetic storms that take aim at Earth.
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