In just one round of snapping photographs around the sun, space explorers have just learned something new about the sun. In February, Solar Orbiter, which a cooperative project of the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, was able to be launched to project the view of the sun to humans. The outlook is quite literal since the spaceship has observatories that will help us view the sun as it gets closer to the surface of the sun.
Having first images of the sun’s surface, scientists have already pointed out a bizarre new phenomenon, which they term as ‘campfires.’ In a statement, Daniel Muller, ESA’s Solar Orbiter project technician, confirmed that scientists have never been so near to the solar with their cameras. The occurrence seems to be open a new page to their exploration life.
After the launch of Solar Orbiter, it suffered a small anomaly, which forced ESA to take the commissioning process of the spaceship to a break. The break did not last long, and the commission process embarked on its work in preparation for the first journey of the spacecraft around the sun.
Amid of Coronavirus and some tool hitches before the liftoff, staff members have their high expectations focused on the first images of the sun. The initial policy helped in the production of those images on June 15. The movement brought the rocket ship in 48 million miles of the sun. By the time the operation is over, Solar Orbiter will have another maneuver of 24 million miles around the sun.
The initial images turned out to be enticing. The little data shows impressive things going on up there. The team could not believe what their eyes saw, and out of excitement, they began naming the phenomenon as ‘campfires,’ ‘fibrils,’ and even ‘ghosts.’ Scientists have identified new images with great kinds of stuff that looks like a campfire. The smallest campfire appears to be like the size of the European nation.
Scientists have compared those campfires to relatives of solar flares, and one can see them from the earth. At the first spot, the sun might appear to be calm; however, when we look closely, images of little flares can be seen all over the surface of the sun.
The thing that space explorers aren’t sure of is whether those campfires are actually miniature forms of solar flares, which scientists have studied in previous years, or they are just striking counterparts. For now, it is not the time for scientists to make scientific assumptions.