“These unprecedented pictures of the sun are the closest now we have ever obtained,” mentioned Holly Gilbert, NASA undertaking scientist, in a launch on Thursday. “These superb pictures will assist scientists piece collectively the sun’s atmospheric layers, which is vital for understanding the way it drives area climate close to the Earth and all through the photo voltaic system.”
Some of the pictures revealed what scientists are calling “campfires” dotting the sun.
“The campfires we’re speaking about listed here are the little nephews of photo voltaic flares, no less than one million, maybe a billion occasions smaller,” mentioned David Berghmans, principal investigator and astrophysicist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. “When the new excessive decision EUI pictures, they’re actually all over the place we glance.”
Scientists speculate that theses fires are mini-explosions heating the sun’s outer ambiance, known as nanoflares. Hoping to know for positive, NASA and ESA scientists are awaiting extra exact information from the Photo voltaic Orbiter in the future, when the spacecraft is nearer to the sun.
The Photo voltaic Orbiter is a collaboration between NASA and ESA that goals to review the mysteries of the sun. The mission launched earlier this yr and completed its first cross of the sun in June.