SUNSPOT – Sunspot Solar Observatory The Dunn Solar Telescope Assisted NASA's Parker Solar Probe this People's audience were allowed to…
SUNSPOT – Sunspot Solar Observatory The Dunn Solar Telescope Assisted NASA’s Parker Solar Probe this
People’s audience were allowed to observe the 136-foot Dunn telescope when it followed Parker Probe from Friday to Sunday.
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is an unmanned spacecraft launched in August to study the sun.
Sunspot Solar Observatory Director James McAteer said that the Sunspot Observatory served as a set of eyes for sun probes.
The probe takes measurements of different properties of the sun – like temperatures, densities and magnetic fields – but can not see what it looks at, he said.
“It’s like one of the rotating sprinkler heads,” said McAteer. “Imagine that you only discovered the water drops in a part of your lawn, and that’s all you got. We’ll tell you what the sprinkler looks like, what the sprinkler’s head does instead of just drops of water. We’ll be able to tell when plasma came from the sun as it looked. “
He said that Sunspot helped the mission because other telescopes around the world can not maneuver see where the probe will be.
“It has been a complex thing to do because the connection between the sun and the point space Parker Solar Probe flies through is not a trivial, straight line connection” said. “We are constantly running models to predict where it can be.”
The data will be shared with the global solar community, “said McAteer.
“We look forward to seeing how many people want to use it,” he said.
This weekend was unique because the probe travels at the same speed as the sun, which means it stopped over the same part of the sun until it was swayed back into the solar system, “said McAteer.
The probe flies towards the sun and picks up speed by utilizing the planet’s gravity to snake throats and helping its orbits around the sun. The vessel had its first force force from Venus in early October, according to a NASA press release.
The force of gravity helps spacecraft to make stricter and tougher paths around the sun and bring it to its nearest orbit in 2025. The craft
The Sunspot Observatory will perform a similar role every time the probe circles the sun, “said McAteer.
The Parker mission will last for seven years and culminate in an orbit that will take the probe within 3.83 million miles of the sun’s surface, many times closer than before, according to the press release.
The spacecraft will face brutal heat and radiation conditions while providing humanity with unforeseen close-ups of a star and helping us understand phenomena that have puzzled scientists for decades.
The observations will provide basic knowledge to NASA’s efforts to understand the sun, where
The findings of the probe are particularly important to human life on earth.
They will help researchers improve the forecasts for space weather events that have the potential to harm satellites and damage astronauts in circulation, interfere with radio communications and, at their most serious, overwhelming power grids, the states of release.