The First Results Of Parker Solar Probe’s Visits To The Sun

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Parker Solar Probe has made 3 flybys of the Sun within 25million km, and is due to get even closer in the next 2 months. The first major results from the probe have started being published with 4 major papers in this week’s issue of Nature. So here’s a summary of things we’ve found, new features in the solar wind, new smaller flare events, observation of the transition from rotating to non-rotating wind. And a first observation of the dust free zone near the sun. Nature summary of the results.… Highly structured slow solar wind emerging from an equatorial coronal hole… Near-Sun observations of an F-corona decrease and K-corona fine structure… Alfvénic velocity spikes and rotational flows in the near-Sun solar wind… Probing the energetic particle environment near the Sun…

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