The European Space Agency’s solar orbiter entered the region known as “perihelion”, which is the closest it can be reached to the sun, on March 26.
At this proximity, temperatures reached around 500 °C (930 °F). Science alert said the spacecraft photographed the sun like we’ve never seen it before, including showing it a fascinating and mysterious feature called the hedgehog, and detailed views of usually hidden solar poles.
It is hoped that these high-resolution snapshots will provide a wealth of data to learn about the sun’s behavior, including magnetic fields and the sun’s fluctuating weather.
The site added that solar physicists have not yet discovered the nature of the solar “Hedgehog” and the mechanism through which it is formed, but the new footage will help in that.
In the pictures, strange strong solar flares, resembling the spines of a hedgehog, appeared in the images, extending for 15,000 miles, and scientists believe that the images will be very useful for predicting weather and weather conditions in space, all of which are factors that affect astronauts and related technologies.
Commenting on the captured images, Caroline Harper, head of space sciences at the British Space Agency, said: “It is very exciting to see these amazing images and shots. They represent the closest we have seen to the sun,” according to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”.
“We’re already seeing some great data that brings us closer to understanding how natural events on the Sun’s surface contribute to space weather, including solar flares,” Harper added.
It is worth noting that the main goal behind the launch of the orbital vehicle is to explore the relationship between the sun and the heliosphere, that is, the large space bubble that extends beyond the planets of our solar system, and is charged with electric particles expelled by the sun to form the solar wind, knowing that the movement of these particles and solar magnetic fields Associated with it is what creates space weather.