NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Comes Within 12 Million Miles of Sun Written 8 June 2020


Artist's rendition of NASA's Parker Solar Probe. | NASA

SPACE reports that NASA’s Parker Solar Probe “made its fifth daring flyby of the sun this weekend.” The spacecraft “has been conducting a marathon of solar observations since May 9 as scientists affiliated with the mission look to crack more secrets about how the sun works.” The “closest approach of this orbit, called a perihelion, occurred at 4:23 a.m. EDT (0823 GMT) on Sunday, June 7. At that time, the probe was about 11.6 million miles (18.7 million kilometers) from the sun’s surface and was travelling at over 244,000 mph (393,000 km/ph) relative to the sun.”
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