On Earth, you would see a sweaty guy sitting next to you on the bus as "close", but the distance is a bit different in space.
A few weeks ago, Parker Probe became the closest of the & # 39; subject to the Sun, we have ever sent into space – when it was 27.2 million kilometers.
This distance from the & # 39; is equivalent to make the trip from Paris to Sydney in 1604 again. Fou!
The mission of the company to Parker Probe & # 39 is to pass through the solar corona – the outer atmosphere, but not beer – and collect unprecedented data.
She has completed the first phase of its solar travel between 31 October and 11 November.
Images obtained with the overflown WISPr Parker probe (Imager Wide-field for solar probe), have since been sent back to Earth, and NASA shared one of stunning images.
The figure above shows a coronal pennant – the structure of solar material within the solar atmosphere – which manifests itself on the eastern limb Sun This bright circle Mercury (and you thought it was hot Australian summer).
«Helio Physics waited over 60 years for the mission, as it was possible," said Nicola Fox, Director of the Division Heliophysics at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
"Sun the secrets that we want to solve, which is expected in the crown," Fox added.
Heliophysics with & # 39 is the study of the influence of the Sun on the Earth, other planets and the solar system.
NASA explains Parker Solar Probe is designed to answer three basic questions concerning the incomprehensible solar physics:
- As the sun's outer atmosphere heated to 300 times higher than the apparent surface below?
- As the solar wind is accelerated so fast (about 400 km / s) at high speeds, we are seeing?
- As some of the most energetic particles from the Sun, Sun rocket to more than half the speed of light?
«Parker Solar Probe gives us the measurements necessary for the understanding of the sun with a & # 39; families that have been puzzling us for decades," said Nur Raouafi, Parker Solar Probe project scientist at the University of Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins in Laurel, Maryland.
"Parker & # 39 is an intelligence mission – the potential for new discoveries is enormous."
The proximity Parker Solar Probe is not only great thing about it. At certain points in its path, it corresponds to the speed of rotation of the Sun – about 2 km / s.
This makes it not only the spacecraft, which came closer to the star, but also the fastest spacecraft ever.
In addition to taking pictures of strange, Parker Solar Probe will continue to study the sun in electromagnetic fields, ions and particles, while his mission does not end in 2025.
[Feature image by Johny Goerend, body image by NASA]