The Solar Orbiter

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Christopher K.
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The Solar Orbiter

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This is a joint NASA/ESA mission. Its main purpose is to discover the origin of the huge set of magnetic fields around the Sun called the heliosphere.

More information:
https://science.nasa.gov/missions/solar-orbiter/
Christopher K.
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Re: The Solar Orbiter

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A two-sentence teaser in June's Astronomy (page seven) mention a first for the Solar Orbiter. A solar prominence shooting out over three-and-a-half million kilometers into space was captured in an ultraviolet image. This image has the largest prominence together with the full disk of the Sun. The prominence produced a CME which was not aimed at the Earth.

The image:
https://science.nasa.gov/record-promine ... ar-orbiter
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