Friday, February 18, 2022

Solar Orbiter and SOHO’s View of a Giant Eruption | NASA/ESA

Solar Orbiter and SOHO’s View of a Giant Eruption | NASA/ESA

Composition of imagery from the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter and SOHO spacecraft, which captured a giant solar eruption on February 15, 2022. 

The Full Sun Imager (FSI) of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) on board the Solar Orbiter spacecraft captured the images of the solar disc and out into space for about 3.5 million kilometers (center image). SOHO LASCO C2 imagery is superposed, tracing the eruption even further.

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The Solar Orbiter (SolO) is a Sun-observing satellite developed by the European Space Agency (ESA). SolO, designed to obtain detailed measurements of the inner heliosphere and the nascent solar wind, performs close observations of the polar regions of the Sun which is difficult to do from Earth. These observations are important in investigating how the Sun creates and controls its heliosphere. SolO was launched in February 2020. The mission is planned to last seven years.

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is a European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft built by a European industrial consortium led by Matra Marconi Space (now Airbus Defence and Space) that was launched on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS launch vehicle in December 1995 to study the Sun. It has discovered over 4,000 comets. It began normal operations in May 1996. It is a joint project between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. 

Credit: Solar Orbiter/EUI and SOHO/LASCO teams, ESA & NASA

Duration: 40 seconds

Release Date: February 17, 2022

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