Energetic collisions between magnetic fields produce gusty solar wind.
A new study supports the idea of a “helicity barrier” influencing the fluctuating stream of interplanetary plasma.
The Solar Orbiter just completed its commissioning phase while en route to the Sun. It has already provided valuable looks at solar campfires and Venus’s magnetic fields, and it promises much more.
A new study identifies possible precursors to space weather in the regions encircling sunspots.
The Parker Solar Probe will study the Sun’s corona and its electric and magnetic fields, as well as the mechanisms that drive the solar wind, all from behind an advanced protective heat shield.
Technological improvements, including an advanced thermal protection system and innovative solar arrays, have helped to get this mission off the drawing board.