Paris : The Solar Orbiter probe of the European Space Agency (ESA) has captured a massive explosion from the Sun. According to ESA, this is the largest explosion ever captured in a photograph with a full solar disk. The explosion of radiation occurred on the Sun towards the Earth and spread millions of miles into space. The explosion occurred on February 15 and was captured on camera by Solar Orbiter’s ‘Full Sun Imager’. The FSI is designed to view the full solar disk during its close orbit around the Sun. The Solar Orbiter probe will be closest to the Sun on March 26. During this time its distance will be less than about 0.3 times the Sun-Earth distance. During this, a large part of the Sun will be captured in the telescope. At present, there are many spacecraft around the Sun, they deliver amazing pictures of the Sun to the Earth from a distance of 3.5 million km.
Such an event was seen for the first time with the solar diskOther space telescopes such as ESA and NASA’s SOHO satellite have also captured such solar activities on camera. But they are either very close to the Sun or too far, due to which the cameras on them are not able to take a picture of the full disk of the Sun. That’s why the explosion observed by Solar Orbiter is the largest of its kind ever seen in a single frame with the solar disk.
NASA and ESA’s space missions will observe togetherScientists said that for the first time, it has opened up new possibilities of how such events are linked to the solar disk. Other space missions such as NASA’s Parker Solar Probe also witnessed this phenomenon. Next week, Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe will make simultaneous observations during Parker’s perihelion passage. The perihelion passage is the date and time when an object orbits the Sun from its closest point.
[Attribution to NBT]