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Have you ever seen the Sun so close? Photos taken in 500 degree temperature by going to the orbit of the planet Mercury

Have you ever seen the Sun so close?  Photos taken in 500 degree temperature by going to the orbit of the planet Mercury
Written by Arindam

The European Space Agency (ESA) sent its Solar Orbiter into space in the year 2020. Recently, it has taken astonishing pictures by reaching the record close of the Sun. According to reports, on March 26, ESA’s Solar Orbiter reached the orbit of Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun. Such an approach is known as perihelion, in which a planet is closest to the Sun. However, the spacecraft faced several challenges to reach perihelion. The biggest challenge among them was the scorching heat. When Solar Orbiter reached its record close to the Sun, it faced temperatures of up to 500 degrees Celsius. During this, the heat shield saved him.

It is expected that in the future, Solar Orbiter will move closer to the Sun and will have to face higher temperatures. The biggest advantage of this effort is that we have got to see the form of the Sun, which has never been seen before today. ESA’s orbiter captures powerful flares, spectacular views of the solar poles, and a mysterious solar ‘hedgehog’ on record close to the Sun. All these surprises were captured with the help of 10 science instruments stationed on Solar Orbiter.

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