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The Sun Like You've Never Seen It Before: A European Probe Takes Closest Image of Our Star

The Sun Like You’ve Never Seen It Before: A European Probe Takes Closest Image of Our Star

The Sun as seen by the Solar Orbiter in extreme ultraviolet light from a distance of approximately 46 million miles (75 million km). The image is a mosaic of 25 individual images taken on March 7 by the Ultraviolet Imaging System (EUI) high-resolution telescope. (Image credit: ESA)

The European Solar Orbiter spacecraft has taken the closest images ever to the Sun, revealing the finest details of our star’s outer atmosphere, the corona.

Pictures were taken on March 7, when solar orbit It was exactly halfway between a land and the the sunat a distance of 46 million miles (75 million kilometers) from both bodies.