In this video you can see how Parker Solar Probe captures images of solar wind structures as they leave the Sun

He WISPR instrument Parker Solar Probe captures images of solar wind structures as they rise from the Sun, as you can see in the following video.

The WISPR instrument from NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission saw the solar wind pass during the spacecraft's first solar encounter in November 2018.

WISPR instrument

The Parker Solar Probe is a NASA space probe that plans to surround the outer circumference of the Sun's crown. It will approach approximately 8.86 solar radii to the "surface" of the Sun and travel, at the closest approach, 700,000 km / h.

And the WISPR instrument (Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe Plus, Wide Field Camera for the Solar Probe Plus Probe) is a telescope that will produce three-dimensional images of the Sun's surface, similar to those obtained through axial tomography scanning techniques Computerized for medical use. WISPR can even see the solar wind and photograph plasma clouds and shock waves when they approach and pass by the spacecraft. This telescope is an important complement to the spacecraft's on-site instruments, which have the function of taking samples of the plasmas that WISPR detects.

In the video, the Sun is out of frame beyond the left side of the combined image, so the solar wind flows from left to right beyond the view of the telescopes. The bright structure near the center of the left edge is what is known as a streamer, a relatively dense and slow solar wind flow from the Sun, which originates near the equator of the Sun. According to the words of Nour Raouafi, Parker Solar Probe project scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory:

The data we are seeing from the Parker Solar Probe instruments show us details about solar structures and processes that we have never seen before.

Video: Parker Solar Probe: WISPR video, Nov. 2018 (February 2020).