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Watch European probe get up close to the sun’s corona (video)


The European Solar Orbiter spacecraft took the highest-resolution video ever of the upper layer of the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.

The spacecraft, launched in 2020, took the image sequence during its recent close approach to the sun, or perihelion, on Oct. 13. The video sequence, taken with Solar Orbiter‘s Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI), reveals the corona in a tranquil, almost motionless, state. The apparent calm is quite surprising because the sun’s activity has recently been picking up due to the star‘s 11-year cycle of activity. 





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