NASA Celebrates 10 Years Of Staring At The Sun

Posted: Oct 26 2016, 2:05pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 26 2016, 7:53pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 

NASA Celebrates 10 Years of Staring at the Sun
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STEREO mission was launched in 2006 and NASA is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

Ten years ago, NASA launched a solar observation mission, consisting of two nearly identical spacecrafts – STEREO A and STEREO B. The mission has provided some of the most spectacular views of the sun over the years and it has been still orbiting and constantly peering into the giant fireball.

The observations taken by these two spacecrafts have enabled researchers to create the first-ever fully 3D view of the entire sun and also helped them understand the structure and evolution of solar storms which produce from the surface of the sun and move through the space. NASA is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the launch of the mission on October 25.

"STEREO gives us a much more thorough view of the sun, solar wind and solar activity," said Terry Kucera, deputy project scientist for STEREO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "The view from the far side of the sun lets us record more events and get more complete pictures of each event.”

Sun is the brightest star in our solar system without which life on Earth wouldn’t be possible. Since sun is our neighboring object, we believe that we know everything about it but the fact is that the object was a complete mystery for us until the launch of twin spacecrafts.

The two STEREO spacecrafts are equipped with a variety of instruments to view the sun in different ways and they are capable of providing unprecedented details of the solar changes that may exist in different time periods of Sun’s 11-year cycle.  

NASA has released a video on the occasion of the 10 anniversary of NASA’s STEREO mission. The video reflects on the top 5 achievements of the mission over the years, including discovering the anatomy of coronal mass ejections, the eruption of plasma from solar corona and mapping of the entire sun. The mission also rendered assistance in tracking solar storms through space and even provided the opportunity to see storms on the far side of the sun.

 

 

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