5 New Discoveries from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

music Traveling through the Sun’s blazing hot atmosphere, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has sent back a complex, close-up view of our star.  The spacecraft confirmed that our picture of the Sun from Earth is deceptively simple. Parker is the closest spacecraft to the Sun, meaning we now have never-before-seen details about the solar wind and solar energetic particles. Solar energetic particles are high energy particles that can endanger both astronauts and satellites in space. The solar wind is the continuous outflow of particles and magnetic field from the Sun. Both speed out, filling up space, affecting space weather throughout our solar system. For the first time ever we were able to go to the source of the solar wind and solar particles,. Here are 5 features Parker saw: (Text: finding #1 The Dust Free zone) We’ve long known that space is full of cosmic dust. We can even see the dust from Earth, because it reflects sunlight Parker saw evidence that the dust stops at an estimated 3 and a half million miles from the Sun. As the dust gets closer, the Sun vaporizes it, creating a dust-free zone surrounding the star. (Text: finding #2 Switchbacks) At Earth, it appears that the magnetic field lines flow evenly out from the Sun, but Parker saw them behave in a surprising way. The magnetic field lines flip in a whip-like motion, turning 180 degrees around in a matter of seconds. These switchbacks came in clusters, and were timed with fast-moving clumps of plasma in the solar wind. Scientists have long wondered if the solar wind is generated as a continuous flow or in spurts. We now see evidence that the solar wind has rough, irregular texture. The plasma within it also seems to lack an orderly sense of direction. Some clumps of solar material fire out into space while others fall back toward the Sun. These clumps may be distorting the magnetic field, causing the switchbacks. They may also be an indicator of what the solar wind looks like in its early stages after its birth on the Sun. (Text: finding #4 A Breaking Point) Parker found a transition point in the solar wind. The corona is the Sun’s faint, outermost layer that transitions to the solar wind. Before Parker, scientists knew that the corona rotates with the visible surface below it. But they didn’t know how — or where — the solar wind witched to flowing straight by the time it reaches Earth. Parker has finally spotted signs of this transition —and the changeover happens significantly further out than expected. (text: finding #5 Small Particle Events) Although the Sun has been very quiet over the first two orbits, Parker observed several tiny bursts of solar energetic particles. While these events have been seen before — never ones this small. The fast-moving particles from these modest bursts spread out as they move from the Sun, making them undetectable from Earth. Without Parker’s front row seat, we would never know that the Sun is regularly producing these small-scale events. Fast-moving particles are a source of dangerous radiation. The more we learn about these eruptions, the better we can protect our technology and astronauts. Parker still has more work to do – but it’s already helping us see our star in a whole new light. music music

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  1. First
    let me thankyou for not caring about revenue from ads…
    wouldn't it be nice if,
    (but then one of my children wouldn't have that job)
    you may have to remember that,
    what you do isn't just about "technology and astronauts"
    it's also about all of us,
    our dreams, aspirations…lives
    all of it

  2. Excellent. Thank you for posting this. Is it possible to push Parker into a polar Solar orbit? There might be some even more remarkable new discoveries to be made over the Sun's poles.

  3. And it's the better that we can protect our Earth as well from this collision

    By setting up more satellites one behind the other so we can estimate the solarwinds knowing the impact which is going to be released from the sun so the more satellites we have not orbiting the sun but emerging in a line we will estimate when the next solar wind is going to be hitting planet Earth so we can prepare ourself for a collision

  4. Really? If the sun is as hot as they say, no way can something be that close and not melt.. what "metal" here on earth has been "discovered" that can withstand the heat? NOPE… another NASA LIE….

  5. I think it would be interesting for the end of the mission to just send it as far into the sun as it will go and take measurements until it burns up.

  6. So then, I guess the dust in space, although there isn't much, would be enough to destroy a space ship flying very fast. Ooops. So much for interstellar travel.

  7. NASA with all their money and spaceships just give us lie and cartoon style CGI. Space will be faked as long as space is seen as real but reality is only real if we do not allow it to be faked. NASA they are liars they faked the moon landing and are lying to us each and every step.

  8. But if it's very cold in the vacuum of space and we know heat doesn't travel as heat through vacuum, then why would it be dangerously hot to the probe?
    As you get closer to the sun, is there matter which enables heat transfer to the probe eventhough it's practically still far away from the sun's surface?!

  9. Holy sh*t!!!
    That's a whole field of "science" going down the drain right there. With this information climate science needs to answer so many questions. And considering climate science only has one answer, which is: "co2", "catastrophic climate change" is dead.

  10. This could be very important discoveries for the development of fusion reactors on earth . The switchback magnetic whip heating the corona to such high temperatures and if antimatter is created in these interactions with anti gravity proof or not could result in how the solar wind accelerates particles to over 618 km/s the escape velocity of the sun .

  11. My God this is so amazing! Wouldn't it be amazing if we were able to actually aim a camera directly at the sun from the distance Parker orbits at perihelion?

  12. 1. Dust free Zone
    2. Switch of Magnetic field lines
    4. Parker finds transition point of Solar wind
    5. Tiny bursts of small energy.
    I didn't get the 3rd and 4th one can anyone help?

  13. NASA Parker teams include french researchers from CNRS… So it would be fairplay adding french subtittles just for persons who – as I do – don't understand english very well.

  14. The purpose of this satellite was not mentioned. We are also looking for changes in the surface when the portals open up. They want to reverse engineer the method in which it was created. Starlight keeps the satellite safe, if you’re wondering why it won’t burn up being that close. I mean, it won’t burn yet but at the end of its life, it’s meant to dive in recording as much as possible. With the starlight coating, it should go in pretty deep before collapsing into itself. 🤷🏽‍♂️ but I’m just a crazy talking nonsense. (You’ve been advised)

  15. With this new data and information, trump will lead the space force on an expedition to land on the sun and fight corruption!

  16. If they get close enough, and chant HARÉ KṚṢṆA enough, they just might meet Vivisvan himself.

    For lack of a better term, that's the presiding deity of the sun. The demigod or Deva of the sun. The intelligence of the sun. The leader of the beings who reside there.

    Think of him as a president, the president of the entire sun sphere.

    In Kemet they called him Ra.

  17. How did they get past the Van Allen belt's? And what kind of material did they use, that could with stand the temperature's the scientists say that aluminum melts at approximately 14 hundred degrees? Once you leave the protective layers of earth's atmosphere? How could you send transmissions?

  18. Valla sen kadın erkek ilişkisine kimliğe kimliklerin karşılığına karşılıkların karışmadığına katılmadığın sürece senden bir halt olmaz.

  19. The close distance of the the probe from the blazing star somehow scares me to the core.
    I feel a feeling very similar to claustrophobia when I think of the situation of the probe. I donno whats up.

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