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Surprising 1st Results from NASA's Sun-skimming Spacecraft

Surprising 1st Results from NASA's Sun-skimming Spacecraft Photo: NASA

MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer
Created: December 04, 2019 04:41 PM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft is surprising scientists with its unprecedented close views of our star.

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Scientists said Wednesday they've observed bursts of energetic particles never before seen on such a small scale and switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field. They also finally have evidence of a dust-free zone encircling the sun.

Farther out, there's so much dust from vaporizing comets and asteroids that a viewfinder on one instrument was pierced by a grain.

Launched in 2018,  the Parker Solar Parker has come within 15 million miles of the sun and will get increasingly closer over the next six years.
 

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MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer

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