corona kə-rō-nə substantiv
1. one or more chandeliers looked around a shining object
2. the outermost part of the sun’s atmosphere; visible as a white halo under a solar eclipse
3. An electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of ambient atmosphere
4. (anatomy) any structure similar to a crown in shape
6. a long cigar with blunt ends
The word corona has appeared in 176 articles on nytimes.com in the past year, including August 11 in “Parker Solar Probe Launches on NASA Voyage to “Touch the Sun” “by Kenneth Chang:
Up on three column of flame at 3:31 o’clock, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe raised the space on Sunday. The launch was the second attempt to carry the spacecraft, as NASA touts will “touch the sun” one day to orbit after a scrub early on Saturday.
…. Parker Solar Probe is designed to expand our understanding of the sun measuring electrical and magnetic fields, cataloging the ingredients in the solar wind and photographing corona – the outer atmosphere that is million degrees warmer than the sun’s surface . Space vehicle instruments will be able to detect details that can not be seen further away and hopefully fill in many of the topics in human understanding of our star.