NASA Parker Solar Probe Sets New Record; Inching Closer To Unraveling Sun’s Mysteries

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NASA launched a spacecraft a year ago in an attempt to understand the mysteries of the Solar System. The NASA Parker Solar Probe is the first man-made object to venture close to the Sun. The robots on the spacecraft have begun decoding some of the mysteries of the Sun's behavior.

NASA Parker Solar Probe Unravels Sun’s Mysteries

 

NASA Parker Solar Probe

NASA Parker Solar Probe was designed to sustain the scorching heat of the Sun. The car-size spacecraft could withstand more than 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. It was equipped with multiple instruments that are protected with an additional hardy heat shield that aids in keeping the spacecraft relatively cool as it edges closer to the burning star.

The NASA Parker Solar Probe has already gotten close to the Sun, approximately within 15 million miles of the star. That's closer than Mercury or any other spacecraft sent to observe the Sun before. Moreover, the spacecraft has also created a record of the fastest man-made spaceship to reach this point.

NASA scientists were eager to learn about what was coming out of the Sun. We know about the solar wind where energetic particles and plasma are continuously pouring out of the Sun. These particles make their way to the Earth and cause the aurora borealis phenomenon. However, we still don't know much about the solar winds or their impact on the Earth.

NASA Parker Solar Probe: What Can We Learn?

With the NASA Parker Solar Probe getting closer to the Sun, we're getting a handful of information about the Sun. Four papers published in the journal Nature have elaborated on some of the findings. We now know that the Sun's magnetic field is more volatile near its surface, where it switches back and forth. This is considered one of the biggest discoveries about the Sun.

 

So far, scientists fathom the weird magnetic behavior is closely associated with the solar winds. The erratic magnetic behavior could be linked to the solar winds that burst and splutter from the Sun, rather than flowing in a continuous direction. It is also being deduced that jets of the solar winds have eventually made its way around the Solar System, creating the stream of space particles we can observe from the Earth.

Some of the other discoveries include the Sun's atmosphere rotation, how dust particles rotate around the Sun, and more. Moreover, the discoveries will also help in protecting astronauts from the harsh space weather. There will certainly be more data pouring in as the NASA Parker Solar Probe will continue revolving closer to the center of the Solar System.

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