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“Satellite” monitors two explosions on the sun

Satellites dedicated to observing the sun recorded two explosions today, Friday, approximately simultaneously, separated by 700,000 km, as an explosion occurred in the spot AR2918 in the northern hemisphere (recording a solar flare of degree M1) while a massive eruption erupted from the southern hemisphere.

According to the Jeddah Astronomical Society, this synchronization is not necessary. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has long discovered that magnetic instability on a global scale can cause simultaneous explosions across the sun, and this appears to be the case.

The explosion in the southern hemisphere was so impressive that the GOES16 satellite spotted the prominence rushing more than half a million kilometers above the site of the explosion.

So far, no coronal mass emission towards Earth has been detected.

It is noteworthy that the US space agency (NASA) announced that the agency’s Parker Solar Probe has become the first spacecraft to enter the solar atmosphere.

NASA said that the probe penetrated the outer atmosphere of the sun, which is known as the corona or the colorful corona of the star and collected samples of particles and magnetic fields there, describing this event as a “giant leap for solar science.”

Thomas Zurbuchen, an official with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said that the Parker Solar Probe “touching the sun” is a huge moment for solar energy science and a real cause for pride.

“Not only does this ground-breaking step provide us with deeper insights into the evolution of our sun and its impact on our solar system, but everything we learn about our star teaches us more about stars in the rest of the universe,” he added.

NASA said that Parker found the right magnetic conditions and particles to enter the solar atmosphere at 18.8 solar rays (about 1.3 million km) above the solar surface during his eighth trip around the sun on April 28, and the passage lasted a few hours.

“We were fully expecting to encounter corona, sooner or later, for at least a short period of time,” said Justin Kasper, lead author of a new paper on this achievement published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

“But it is very exciting that we have already reached it,” he added.

NASA indicated that as the probe continues to approach the sun, it will eventually reach near 8.86 solar rays from the surface. The agency said that during the next flight of the “Parker” probe, scheduled for next January, it is likely to enter the corona again.

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