Make some space in your schedule to take a look at some brand new images of the sun released by the European Space Agency on Wednesday.
The photos of the sun, taken by the ESA, include photos of a solar flare, the sun's south pole, the sun's magnetic activity, and a full view of the sun. Among the new photos is a solar activity in the sun nicknamed "the hedgehog" for having "a multitude of spikes of hot gas reaching out in all directions."
"I was personally blown away by the quality and degree of details in these images," said Solar Orbiter Project scientist Daniel Muller. "By going three times closer, we can get the space resolution up by effect of three, and we see things that we haven't seen before, and that's of course the beauty of science, to explore the unexplored."
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The "hedgehog" measures 25,000 kilometers across, making it a small feature on the sun but gigantic compared to Earth at twice its diameter. It is not yet clear how or why the "hedgehog" was formed, according to Sky News.
The photos were taken using a camera called the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager on the Solar Orbiter, one of 10 science instruments on the spacecraft. All of its instruments are now working together for the first time, with some looking at the sun while others are measuring the environment around the spacecraft.
The Solar Orbiter was launched into space in February 2020 and recovered the photos in March 2022 after passing within the orbit of Mercury. In addition to the ESA, NASA and the U.K. Space Agency also contributed to the project.
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