The trajectory of this seventh solar orbit resulted in the NASA probe’s perihelion – its closest to the Sun – was in direct view of Earth.

Approximately 40 Earth-based observatories around the globe consequently trained their telescopic sights on the Sun over the days surrounding perihelion.

Spacecraft, including NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (STEREO), TIMED, and Magnetospheric Multiscale missions, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter, and ESA’s BepiColombo made simultaneous observations of this transit.

Dr Nour Raouafi, Parker project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL) announced the studied yielded useful data.





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