AUG 08, 2018 07:35 PM PDT

Here's Why NASA is Sending a Probe to the Sun

An upcoming NASA probe will fly closer to the Sun than any before it. Known as the Parker Solar Probe, this spacecraft will study the Sun and many of its qualities, including Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs).

Coronal Mass Ejections take place when the Sun’s magnetic field enables charged particles to spew out of the star’s surface. These charged particles are powerful enough to knock out modern electronics, including those used in satellites and those used right here on Earth’s surface.

The last time a Coronal Mass Ejection came Earth’s way was in the 1850’s, and NASA says we’re due for another one. In fact, NASA estimates that there’s a 12% chance we could be hit with one in the next decade.

By putting the Parker Solar Probe in its place, NASA hopes to learn about some of the warning signs involving these Coronal Mass Ejections such that we can protect ourselves and our valuable electronics from becoming toast.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
MAY 30, 2018
Infographics
MAY 30, 2018
How Big Are We in Relation to Space?
When you hear the phrase "life-sized," what comes to mind? Most people think of things comparatively-sized to themselves, but the observable univ...
JUN 13, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUN 13, 2018
NASA's Opportunity Rover Falls Silent Amid Worsening Martian Dust Storm
If you weren’t already aware, NASA’s solar-powered Opportunity rover is in a bit of a pickle right now. A continent-sized dust storm enveloped...
JUL 02, 2018
Technology
JUL 02, 2018
Video: Listen to Satellites With NASA Sound Art
The Orbit Pavilion Delivers Satellite Data as Sound...
JUL 10, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUL 10, 2018
Listen to the Eerie Plasma Waves That Move From Saturn to Enceladus
When NASA’s Cassini spacecraft performed its grand finale before plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, the spacecraft’s Radio Plasma Wave Sc...
JUL 31, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
JUL 31, 2018
Where Does Earth Get Its Water
We live on Earth, the so-called blue planet. Without water, Earth would not be "blue" at all, not to mention the life that is bred on the planet...
AUG 12, 2018
Space & Astronomy
AUG 12, 2018
NASA's Parker Solar Probe Rockets Toward the Sun
There’s been some serious hype regarding NASA’s Parker Solar Probe in recent memory, but now all that hype is now closer than it ever has been...
Loading Comments...