Today, ESA (European Space Agency) released the first ever images from their Solar Orbiter.
Solar Orbiter is designed to operate near to the Sun. At just over one-quarter of the distance the Earth is from the Sun. It will experience sunlight thirteen times greater than what we feel on Earth! Even more hazardous are the powerful bursts of atomic particles blasted out from explosions in the Sun’s atmosphere.
It’s getting hot in here
Getting so close to the Sun is necessary for Solar Orbiter to fulfill its mission. It can provide us the first ever views of the uncharted top and bottom of the Sun. It will also investigate connections between the Sun and Earth. This will assist us to predict stormy space weather. Which can have an effect on our home planet. Braving the heat will enable Solar Orbiter to find out about a mysterious region near the Sun. Known as the inner-heliosphere.
Scientists are particularly excited by means of the photographs that Solar Orbiter have taken. These give wonderful close-up views of glowing gas loops as small as 180 km-across – tiny in contrast to the whole Sun!
Full gallery on ESA’s website here -> https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Sets/Solar_Orbiter_first_images/(result_type)/images