Sep 13, 2022

The ESA’s Solar Orbiter records a solar “switchback” proving they exist

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The new data could help explain why and how solar wind accelerates at great speeds across the solar system.

The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter probe made the first-ever remote sensing observation of a solar “switchback”, according to a blog post from the agency.

The ‘first evidence of a switchback in the solar corona’

Source: ESA/ATG medialab.

The new data gathered by the mission sheds new light on a mysterious phenomenon that had only been hypothesized until now. It could help explain how solar wind is propelled across the solar system at incredibly fast speeds.

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