NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which began its journey to the sun to tear up many mysteries, has captured about 27…
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which began its journey to the sun to tear up many mysteries, has captured about 27 million miles away from a view of the earth, said the US space organization. The image was captured by the WISPR (Wide Field Imager for Solar Probe) instrument, the only imaging instrument aboard the Parker Solar Probe.
On September 25, Parker Solar Probe captured a view of the earth as it ran against first Venus gravity using the mission, NASA said in a statement.
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The hemispherical feature in the center of the right image is a lens flare, a common feature of image processing of light sources, caused by reflections
Earth is the bright, round object that appears on the right side of the image, adds it.
The view from the Parker Solar Probe WISPR shows the earth, the bright sphere near the center of the right panel. The elongate label to the underside of the panel is a lens reflection from the WISPR instrument.
It also shows what appears to be a bulge on our planet’s right-hand side ̵
1; Moon, NASA said.
The image also showed little objects like Pleiader, to the left part of the earth in the right-hand picture and the two bright objects.
Betelgeuse and Bellatrix, near the bottom of the left picture, appeared elongated due to reflections on the edge of the detector.
Launched on August 12, Parka’s Solar Probe, NASA’s historic small car size diver, will travel ever closer to the sun until it makes its closest approach to 3.8 million miles.
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Earlier this month, the probe successfully completed its first avenue of Venus at a distance of approximately 1,500 miles. During his mission, the probe will make six more Venus gravity service and 24 total passes by the sun.
During scientific phases, WISPR sees structures in the sun’s atmosphere, corona, before they pass the spacecraft.
Close passes by Venus and Mercury can sometimes create similar patterns in the future, but these are limited cases and do not affect the instrument’s science operations, “said NASA.
(With entries from agencies)