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European satellite to make never-before-seen observations of the Sun

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European satellite to make never-before-seen observations of the Sun


The European Space Agency (ESA) has recently learned that it will launch as early as 2020 a satellite that will aim to observe the Sun closely.

Named after the name Solar Orbiter, this satellite is undergoing testing in Germany, having already passed the mechanical, thermal and vacuum tests.

It will be already in February 2020 that the European satellite “Solar Orbiter” will make observations never before made of the Sun. In practice this satellite will perform an unprecedented mission since it will observe the sun very closely.

This satellite is equipped with various instruments to observe the “turbulent and sometimes violent” surface of the Sun and to study the changes that occur in the solar wind (continuous emission of particles from the solar corona), reveals JN.

The satellite's unique “orbit” will allow scientists to study the solar corona “in greater detail” and obtain high-resolution images of the polar regions of the Sun.

Solar Orbiter will be launched from Cape Canaveral in the United States as this mission results from ESA's collaboration with the US space agency NASA.

This will be the second device that will closely monitor the sun. Recall that in August 2018 NASA launched the “Parker Solar Probe” probe, presented as the first to be closer to the Sun.

While preparing to ship the “Solar Orbiter” satellite, ESA is already working on another mission involving the Sun, the Lagrange mission. The objective of this mission is to send the device to the Lagrange 5 (L5) point, which is located above the Earth's orbit at an angle of 60º with the line connecting the Sun and Earth.

According to ESA, from the L5 It will be interesting to monitor all solar activity, detecting and predicting phenomena that may interfere with the communications, energy or navigation networks.

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