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China sent into space a “giant who wanted to catch the Sun” – an observatory to study flares on the only star in the solar system

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation successfully launched the ASO-S advanced space solar observatory into orbit. The name “Kuafu” was chosen for the device in honor of the character of Chinese mythology – a giant who wanted to catch the sun.

A report from the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation states:The launch took place on Sunday from the Jiuquan Space Center in northwest China’s Gansu province. Long March 2D launched the Advanced Space Solar Observatory (ASO-S) into orbit“.

It is assumed that ASO-S will be able to record in detail the “solar storm” of the 25th cycle of solar activity. The device will be able to generate up to 500 GB of data per day, all scientific data collected by it and analysis software will be open and available to users around the world. ASO-S will be able to collect the necessary data in order to timely predict the occurrence of solar flares and their impact on people.

Earlier, astronomers from the Laboratory of Solar Astronomy and Heliophysical Instrumentation at IKI RAS and ISTP SB RAS recorded a rapid increase in activity on the Sun.

The laboratory clarifies that a large group of sunspots, currently located in the northern hemisphere of the Sun, is the source of flares. About 50 thousand kilometers is the size of the group. Individual spots are larger than the Earth.

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