Parker Solar Probe findings: Rotational solar wind flow and rogue magnetic waves

KASPER>>Parker Solar Probe has shown us that the rotation of the Sun influences the solar wind a lot more than we expected. Think of a blender making whipped cream. As the blades rotate, the cream will rotate around with the blades. Same thing’s happening in the sun’s atmosphere. It’s magnetic field is so strong that […]

NASA ScienceCasts: Effects of the Solar Wind

[ MUSIC ] Effects of the Solar Wind – Presented by [email protected] The wind speed of a devastating Category 5 hurricane can top over 150 miles per hour (241km/hour.) Now imagine another kind of wind with an average speed of 0.87 million miles per hour (1.4 million km/hour.) Welcome to the wind that begins in […]

NASA Is Going to The Sun, Here’s Why That’s So Crazy

The Sun is an unpredictable, violent ball of gas and plasma, radiating fusion energy. It can send streams of charged particles right towards Earth without warning, potentially causing catastrophic damage to our power grid. And while we need the Sun to live, we also need to protect ourselves from its wrath. The problem is, we […]

Solar Tsunami

The SOHO spacecraft has recorded the effect of all this rising energy. Its ultraviolet sensors show a wavy pattern of gas on the sun’s surface, along with the super-hot halo of gas called the corona. The white regions are places where the rising gas suddenly escapes. Immense loops of ionized gas, ten times the diameter […]

How NASA Built the Fastest Spacecraft Ever

This is the fastest man-made object ever created, racing to our Sun at 700,000 km/h. Built to withstand drastic changes in temperature, it will be the closest to spacecraft has ever been to a star. So, how did NASA prepare this record-breaking mission for its daring journey to the Sun? There are three main questions […]

Parker Solar Probe–Mission Overview

The Sun. It’s the solar system’s engine, and the only star in the sky that gets our attention… every day. But up close, it’s unlike anything we can see from Earth. It’s ferocious— a writhing mass of nuclear chaos, tangled magnetic lines, and a constant wind with inconceivably high temperatures and speeds close to a […]