Footage From The First-Ever Probe to Touch The Sun
Knight of Ni
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posted on Dec, 18 2021 @ 02:42 PM
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This is what it’s like to touch the Sun.
The footage was taken by NASA’s Parker Solar Probe over the period of 4 days as it swooped into the Sun’s corona.
So, what are we actually looking at? These images were captured by the Parker probe’s WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) instrument.
All of those streaks the probe is zooming through are coronal streamers – massive loops of electrically charged gas and plasma that connect two regions of opposite polarity on the Sun. They’re extended out by the solar wind and they glow like this because they’re filled with electrons.
These streamers, also known as helmet streamers, are usually only visible from Earth during an eclipse – but in the footage they’re seen as the spacecraft flies above and below them inside the corona.
But that’s not all there is to gape at in the Parker time lapse. Take another look and you may notice there are planets visible in the background – including Earth!
If you have time take a look at the screen shots in the article that explain what is shown in the footage , cool stuff.
Parker Solar Probe flying through plasma jets in the Sun’s corona
Dec 16, 2021
The Parker Solar Probe flies through structures in the Sun’s corona called streamers. This footage shows data from the WISPR instrument on Parker Solar Probe. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Laboratory Read more: www.sciencealert.com/the-foot…
So cool. It is inspiring that we can even do this!
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Touches The Sun For The First Time
Dec 14, 2021
For the first time in history, a spacecraft has touched the Sun. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has now flown through the Sun’s upper atmosphere – the corona – and sampled particles and magnetic fields there. The new milestone marks one major step for Parker Solar Probe and one giant leap for solar science. Just as landing on the Moon allowed scientists to understand how it was formed, touching the very stuff the Sun is made of will help scientists uncover critical information about our closest star and its influence on the solar system. More information: www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/…
Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Nour Raouafi (Johns Hopkins University/APL)
Justin Kasper (University of Michigan)
Stuart Bale (University of California, Berkeley)
Kelly Korreck (Johns Hopkins University/APL)
Adam Szabo (NASA/GSFC)
Producer: Joy Ng (KBRwyle)
Writer: Mara Johnson-Groh (Wyle Information Systems)
Data Visualizer: Tom Bridgman (GST)
Jonathan North (KBRwyle)
Ben Smith (Johns Hopkins APL)
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I mean, to fly through the corona of the Sun! Fantastic.