NASA’s Solar Probe MIND-BLOWING Trip To The Sun

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission has returned unprecedented data from near the Sun, culminating in new discoveries published on Dec. 4, 2019, in the journal Nature.

“The complexity was mind-blowing when we first started looking at the data,” said Stuart Bale, lead researcher for the probe’s onboard instrument suite at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Now, I’ve gotten used to it. But when I show colleagues for the first time, they’re just blown away.”

Among the findings are new understandings of how the Sun’s constant outflow of material, the solar wind, behaves. Seen near Earth — where it can interact with our planet’s natural magnetic field and cause space weather effects that interfere with technology — the solar wind appears to be a relatively uniform flow of plasma. But Parker Solar Probe’s observations reveal a complicated, active system not seen from Earth.