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The spacecraft approached the Sun and showed what our star looks like near (video)

The next meeting of the Solar Orbiter with the Sun took place 2 days ago, but only now it sent images of its approach to our star.

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A new series of images of the Sun was sent to Earth by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which is studying our star. Although it made another very close approach to the Sun on October 12, the images from which the video was created show the path of the apparatus to the star between September 20 and October 10 of this year, writes Phys.

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The Solar Orbiter spacecraft set off on a journey to the Sun back in February 2020, and it first approached a star in June of that year. In order to fly so close to the device, it is necessary to perform certain gravitational maneuvers.

The spacecraft approached the Sun and showed what our star looks like up close (video)

The spacecraft approached the Sun and showed what our star looks like up close (video)

The new images that the spacecraft sent to Earth were taken before its next approach to the Sun and from these images Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) have created a video showing the Sun in all its glory.

The images were taken by the Solar Orbiter instruments at a wavelength of light that is only 17 nanometers. This wavelength emits gas in the Sun's atmosphere, which has a temperature of about 1 million degrees Celsius. Given that this wavelength of light is not perceptible to the human eye, scientists have added an artificial color to the Sun and it looks like a yellow star, as many imagine it.

According to scientists from the ESA, at the end of the video you can see some image jumps. This is due to the fact that on some days the device did not send data to Earth. Although the volume of this information, according to scientists, is simply huge. Sometimes the Solar Orbiter, depending on its location in space, takes days, or even weeks, for its data to reach the Earth.

As Focus already wrote, the Solar Orbiter sent to Earth images of the largest plasma ejection on the Sun that scientists have ever seen.

We remind you that Solar Orbiter, as Focus already wrote, was subjected to a solar attack. The sun threw a huge stream of plasma into space, which collided with the device.