The European Space Agency (ESA, for its acronym in English) in conjunction with Solar Orbiter, the probe that is getting closer to the sun, presented impressive images of the star in which strong eruptions can be seen, views of the solar poles and a “sun hedgehog”
The ESA reported that the analysis of the data collected has just begun and that these will provide new insights into the magnetic behavior of the sun.
Solar Orbiter’s closest approach to the sun, known as perihelion, was made on March 26, but the images were just released.
Solar Orbiter was positioned within Mercury’s orbit, about a third of the distance between the sun and Earth, and its heat shield reached 500 degrees Celsius. Due to this distance, the spacecraft captured multiple flares, views of the solar poles, a “solar hedgehog” and an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, which could give humanity the opportunity to make real-time space weather predictions.
It is worth mentioning that the Solar Orbiter carries 10 scientific instruments (nine are directed by members of ESA and one by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, that is, NASA), which work together to provide a new vision of the Sun and its behavior.