Nova: Secrets of the Sun
Wednesday, May 22 at 9:00 p.m.
It convulses, it blazes, it sings. You know it as the sun.
Scientists know it as one of the most amazing physics laboratories in the universe.
It contains 99.9 percent of all the matter in our solar system and sheds hot plasma at nearly a million miles an hour. The temperature at its core is a staggering 27 million degrees Fahrenheit.
Now, with the help of new spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, scientists are seeing the sun as they never have before and even re-creating in labs what happens at the very center of the sun. Their work will helps us understand aspects of the sun that have puzzled scientists for decades.