The Sun seen by the Solar Orbiter at closest approach (4K UHD) – YouTube

The Sun seen by the Solar Orbiter at closest approach (4K UHD)



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  • Published On: 2022-05-18 20:47:09
  • Video Published/Author: SciNews
  • Video Duration: 00:02:06
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From within the orbit of planet Mercury, the Solar Orbiter returned imagery during its first close encounter (perihelion) with the Sun. In close-up, the south pole of the Sun.

Credit: ESA & NASA/Solar Orbiter/EUI team
The Sun observed by the Solar Orbiter at perihelion

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22 comments
  1. Truly awe-inspiring. Like no special effects could even imagine … so much power represented there, it is beyond words really. I love the burst of plasma that shoots out at the 0:48 mark … it made me make a sound effect out loud, lol.

  2. It looks wild but what is the little jiggly thing on the south pole visuals? It's shaped like a grub or a tardigrade and looks out of place, kind of like it's a ship or a satellite sensor stuck in a magnetic field getting jiggy with it. LOL

  3. Absolutely breathtaking! Those south pole takes look a bit like clouds through which the Sun peeks, and then you realize it really is the Sun peeking but from its own ground and the 'clouds' are its darker parts, large enough to encompass many Earths. What an unfathomable energy machine!

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