Shining light on the Sun

In the early 2000s, NCAR intensified its hiring of early-career scientists. Among this crop of young researchers was Sarah Gibson, a solar physicist interested in coronal mass ejections—large eruptions matter from the Sun's outer atmosphere that can affect sensitive electronics systems on and orbiting Earth. Gibson has gone on to do prize-winning research showing how twisting, rope-like structures beneath the Sun’s surface can erupt through that surface in massive bursts of energy. Gibson also devotes herself to educational outreach, particularly hoping to inspire girls to enter the physical sciences.