A US Solar Orbiter operated by Europe and the US has just completed its first of many gravity assisted flybys of the planet Menus. It will be brought closer to the Sun and then tilted to observer the Sun from different perspectives. It is currently a partnership between NASA and the ESA to study the Sun in a much better way. Its main mission is to loo at the Sun from a very close angle and study it from extremely high latitudes which will bring the first images from the polar areas of the Sun which is a huge deal.
The orbiter’s path will follow the resonance of Venus which means it will get closer to the planet once in a while to get a nudge or for it to tilt its orbit. The next encounter will be in August 21 and by 2025 the angle of inclination of the orbiter it self will be about 33 degrees which will bring more of the regions that are polar into direct view as well. After all of this inclination is done, the first images of the latitudinal areas of the Sun will be brought into reasoning as well.
This will help us understand how the Sun really works and also will help us understand the relationship between the Sun and the Moon. This joint effort by NASA and the European Space Agency is supported by scientists and politicains around the Globe as understanding our closest star is of imperative importance especially its relationship with our planet, the Earth in a better perspective. It will help us understand and better predicts stormy space weather as well which is vital as the Sun can emit solar flares that can damage the Earth quite severely.
Currently, we do not know a lot about the Sun especially regions on the star that are laying on more extreme ways. Therefore, this is a golden opportunity for humans to take a better look at more of what the Star has in store of humanity in the near future.