'New kind' of explosion on Sun's surface charged by its magnetic field discovered by NASA's Parker probe
The Sun's magnetic field lines are in constant flux — snapping and realigning in an explosive, natural process researchers still don't understand all too well.
The intensity of flipping magnetic field Parker observed near the sun could play a key role in solar wind & heating the corona.
One year in, NASA's Parker Probe returns clues to long-held mysteries about solar wind, sun's atmosphere
One of Parker's interesting findings is that strong waves of charged particles from the Sun flips the direction of its magnetic field periodically.
It will be weeks after the current solar encounter phase before science data is downlinked to Earth.
The probe begins its solar approach on 31 Oct, reaching the closest point to the Sun on 5 Nov.
Parker is set to make 24 dips in and out of the Sun's corona over its mission period of seven years.
The probe has beamed back first-light data from each of its four instruments: NASA
The unmanned PArker Probe aims to get closer than any human-made object to the center of our solar system.
The probe is designed to plunge into the Sun's atmosphere during a seven-year mission.
The probe will weave through the corona 24 times to study its uneven composition