Images transmitted back by Europe’s Landmark Solar Satellite

Solar Orbiter started its flyby operation in mid-June following its launch in February. The main activity of Solar Orbiter is to take images of the Sun from the closest position to enable space scientists to learn the real causes of the Sun’s twinkling. 

The Solar Orbiter already paid off and has delivered the first pictures it captured from the Sun’s surface. The images unveil a strange occurring on the surface of the Sun, and scientists are yet to establish its cause. Daniel Müller, one of ESA’s associates, said that the first pictures from the Sun’s surface already reveal unusual occurrences up there, and that represents more breathtaking images that are on the way. Those early results from the operation astonished the team as they never expected such overwhelming outcomes. The team also wants to note the competence of their ten scientific tools in the provision of whole pictures from the Sun’s surface and its neighboring regions. 

The Solar Orbiter captured images of smaller sun flairs, which scientists named them as ‘campfires.’ There is still a cloud of unclarity of what those ‘campfires’ elucidate. However, space experts have more hopes that more light shed on them will expand their understanding of what those ‘campfires’ are, and they let the whole public know. 

David Berghmans, a member of Belgium’s Royal Observatory, affirmed that those ‘campfires’ spotted on the Sun’s surface relate to solar flares that one can see them from Earth, and they are billion times smaller. They might appear to be much lower than the actual size of flairs, but when they are compared with other planetary bodies, they seem to be just continental. 

The Solar Orbiter was developed by Airbus’ Defense and  UK’s Space Branch. The satellite is still on its active stage in preparation to set its observing abilities and to position its array of telescopes detectors aboard the spaceship. 

Positioning itself at a distance of 77 kilometers from the Sun (about half distance between Earth and the Sun), the satellite was able to snap its first images of the Sun’s surface. The primary data conveyed by the satellite reveals working power and the implication of the pictures to unveil mysteries on the Sun’s surface. 

Europe comes after the US in several space operations. For instance; Russia’s Space Organization must help UK’s space explorers in their missions of arriving at the orbit. On the other hand, the European Space Agency is proud of producing satellites to be used for space operations.