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Capturing Solar Images in the Extreme Environment of Space

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Two solar imaging missions are bringing photonic systems closer to the sun than ever before to reveal how we can better predict periods of stormy space weather.

MARIE FREEBODY, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Imagine trying to take pictures or make optical measurements on a cloudless day beneath the blistering onslaught of 13 suns. This is the equivalent reality for the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Solar Orbiter and NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP), the latter of which is currently operating in temperatures of almost 1640 K in the inhospitable environment around the sun. The Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) on ESA’s Solar Orbiter spacecraft captured full-disk images of the sun on May 30, when the spacecraft navigated closer to the star than any previous...Read full article

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