The Sun’s Mysterious Pole and a ‘Solar Hedgehog’ Revealed in Closest Sun Images

A new record series of images of the sun captured by the Solar Orbiter probe during its close pass of the star in March has been released, revealing a plethora of never-before-seen details, including a curious geyser of gas that scientists have dubbed the “solar hedgehog”.

During the passwho took solar orbiter as close as one-third of the Sun-Earth distance, the spacecraft also sighted the sun’s south pole. It was the first time that a telescope, space or Earth-based, had captured such detailed images of this region of the Sunwhich scientists believe plays a key role in generating the solar magnetic field.

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