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Have you seen such a detailed image of the Sun before? This is how ESA’s Solar Orbiter clicked

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Orbiter has captured a high-resolution image of the Sun during its close-up flight. Solar Orbiter has captured a full disk image of the Sun along with its atmosphere and corona. On March 7, this orbiter was just 75 million kilometers from the Sun. It is half the distance from the Earth to the Sun. Solar Orbiter captured 25 images in approximately 10 minutes of exposure using its Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI). Scientists combined all the pictures into a mosaic to make a full image, after which this photograph has surfaced. 

The final image has more than 83 million pixels. You can understand it in such a way that its resolution is 10 times better than 4K TV screen.

In addition to the EUI there are several imaging instruments on board the Solar Orbiter. According to the European Space Agency, one of these is Spectral Imaging of the Coronal Environment (SPICE). It also captured an image, which has shown the first image of the Sun of its kind in 50 years. This is the best ever. 

While talking about EUI , it used a wavelength of 17 nanometers to take photographs of the Sun. It also shows the Sun’s upper atmosphere and corona, whose temperature is about one million degrees Celsius.

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Scientists hope that these images will help them understand various solar phenomena, including solar eruptions. Remember that when solar explosions occur in the direction of the Earth, the solar particles collide with the Earth’s magnetic field. It also sometimes causes geomagnetic storms, which affects the operation of power grids and communication towers on Earth.

The European Space Agency and NASA are jointly running the Solar Orbiter project. Spacecraft such as Solar Orbiter and NASA’s Parker Probe help scientists see the Sun in this way. This is not possible from Earth. Solar Orbiter was launched in February 2020, while Parker Probe was launched in 2018. Both are proving to be important for spacecraft scientists. 


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