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Closest ever photograph of the Sun revealed

December 14, 2018 | Comment icon 15 comments

The picture is the first ever to be taken inside the Sun's atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA
NASA's groundbreaking Parker Solar Probe has taken a close-up shot from inside the Sun's corona.
Taken at a distance of 16.9 million miles using the probe's WISPR (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe) instrument, the impressive image shows two jets of solar material known as coronal streamers.

The bright spot near the center is the planet Mercury, while the dark spots are image artefacts from background correction.

"Coronal streamers are structures of solar material within the Sun's atmosphere, the corona, that usually overlie regions of increased solar activity," NASA wrote.

"The fine structure of the streamer is very clear, with at least two rays visible. Parker Solar Probe was about 16.9 million miles from the Sun's surface when this image was taken."
The spacecraft itself, which launched back in August, will ultimately complete a total of 24 loops around the Sun over the next seven years.

At its closest approach, it will venture a mere 3.83 million miles from the Sun's surface.

"We don't know what to expect so close to the Sun until we get the data, and we'll probably see some new phenomena," said project scientist Nour Raouafi.

"Parker is an exploration mission - the potential for new discoveries is huge."

Source: Science Alert | Comments (15)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 3 years ago
Simply fantastic.  Best Pluto images, now the sun. ****ing love the work NASA is pulling off.
Comment icon #7 Posted by toast 3 years ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by FJResto 3 years ago
Im curious... how could the probe withstand the temperatures? Do we have material that can withstand that? It must be in excess of a million degrees and hotter the closest it gets. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by freetoroam 3 years ago
Yes NASA do know and have explained them Note the photos are from a probe, what could you possibly have to better what NASA have done? 
Comment icon #10 Posted by toast 3 years ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 3 years ago
The stupid is strong in this thread 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Timothy 3 years ago
Yep. Cringeworthy comments indeed.  People can be so ignorant to how amazing these type of things are. It’s such an great achievement! It’s like they think NASA comes up with an idea over beers and then executes it the next weekend. 
Comment icon #13 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 3 years ago
:"dots i don't understand are ufos!!!!"
Comment icon #14 Posted by GoldenRabbit 3 years ago
Pretty amazing photo and to think the probe is going to get allot closer to the sun in the course of its mission hopefully allot more photos to come.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Brok 3 years ago
In other words, another standard UM thread.

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