There are some incredible pictures of the Sun taken last month by Solar Orbiter, a space probe. The images were revealed by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). The probe took those images after taking a scorching flyby as close as 47 million miles from the Sun, the closest distance covered till now. It is aiming at going within 26 million miles of the Sun’s surface.
Scientists at the ESA say that the pictures taken are exceeding their expectations and they throw light to the mysterious outer layer of the Sun. ‘Campfires’, the mini flares around its surface, which can affect Earth’s communication channels, can be seen in these images. The head of space science, at ESA, said that these campfires which are much smaller than the actual solar flares, have something to do with the temperature of the star, which is more on the outer layer as compared to the inner layers. Campfires are yet to be figured out in detail.
The Solar Orbiter took eight years to get built and can withstand as much as 520C (900F). It is supposed to explore so much more in the coming days. Going nearer to the scorching Sun, taking the images in a way to get details about its atmospheric levels, and studying the solar wind are few of them.