Solar Orbiter decoding the sun’s mysterious miniflares: ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

Three months ago, scientists spotted tiny, short-lived energy jets surfacing from dark regions in the corona, the sun’s outer atmosphere. 

Upon closer look, these jets appeared as bright flashes everywhere on the sun‘s disk. They lasted only 20 to 100 seconds but packed a powerful punch: A single minute-long jet carried energy equivalent to the power consumed by 10,000 homes in the U.K. in a year.