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Solar Orbiter first images

Solar Orbiter's first view of the Sun. Image: Solar Orbiter/EUI Team/ESA & NASA; CSL, IAS, MPS, PMOD/WRC, ROB, UCL/MSSL

Solar Orbiter's first view of the Sun. Image: Solar Orbiter/EUI Team/ESA & NASA; CSL, IAS, MPS, PMOD/WRC, ROB, UCL/MSSL

21/07/2020

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After its launch on February 10, the first images from Solar Orbiter have revealed omnipresent miniature solar flares, dubbed 'campfires', near the surface of our closest star. According to the scientists behind the mission, seeing phenomena that were not observable in detail before hints at the enormous potential of Solar Orbiter, which has only just finished its early phase of technical verification known as commissioning. A team from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona has worked on the instrument SO/PHI (Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager), which has provided the first magnetic map from the Solar.

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