It’s hot! Parker Solar Probe touches the sun again, feels the heat at 760 degrees Celsius
The Parker Solar Probe touched the Sun again, feeling the heat of solar particles on its shield which warmed to 760 degrees Celsius during the final approach. The solar probe has made its 11th close approach to the brightest star in our solar system in a bid to deepen understanding of how the Sun works.
The close approach, also known as perihelion, saw the probe fly at a staggering 579,363 kilometers per hour.
“Parker Solar Probe has completed its 11th close approach to the Sun, within 8.3 million kilometers of the Sun. At this distance, the spacecraft experienced temperatures exceeding 1400°F,” the Nasa team said. in a tweet.
The spacecraft is in a highly elliptical orbit around the Sun, reaching aphelion on the mission initially to Earth and eventually approaching the orbit of Venus.
Nasa said Parker is learning more about our star from its science instruments as it gets closer than ever. Named after Eugene Parker, who originated the concept of the solar wind, the probe will provide data on solar activity and study the mysterious corona. The Parker Solar Probe was launched in 2018 to study the Sun.
During the 10th close approach to the Sun, the probe approached 8.5 million kilometers from the solar surface. This leg also marked the midpoint of the mission’s 10th Solar Encounter, which began Nov. 16 and will run through Nov. 26.
In December last year, the Parker Solar Probe became the first man-made object to venture into the Sun’s atmosphere, known as the corona. During the flyby, the spacecraft sampled particles and magnetic fields emerging from the Sun.
Today, Parker Solar Probe completed its 11th close approach to the Sun, less than 8.3 million kilometers from the Sun. At this distance, the spacecraft experienced temperatures exceeding 1400°F.#ParkerPerihelion pic.twitter.com/VpN89QL98i
— NASA Sun and Space (@NASASun) February 25, 2022
In the last three of 24 orbits around the Sun, the probe will travel up to nine solar radii from the Sun’s surface, or nine times the Sun’s radius, or about 61,63,787 kilometers.
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