Staring at the sun: Solar Orbiter telescopes will get closest view yet

Staring at the sun: Solar Orbiter telescopes will get closest view yet
 

A new space mission will carry telescopes closer to the sun than ever before, capturing detailed images of its surface landscapes and taking measurements of its atmosphere.
Once it reaches its destination – the sun’s orbit – the spacecraft will be able to investigate the origins of the solar wind – the stream of ionised gas emanating from the sun – and of fierce explosions on its surface called solar flares, as well as taking pictures of the polar regions of the sun for the first time.
The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter will launch in February 2020 using a Nasa rocket from Cape... read more

 
19 September 2018 in Science &Technology, Views: 70
Source: Guardian
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