Solar Orbiter’s Latest Discovery May Unlock the Secret of Solar Winds’ Source
New Insights from Solar Orbiter's Images Provide Clues to the Origins of Solar Winds
For decades, the enigmatic phenomenon of solar winds, the charged particle streams emanating from the sun, has intrigued scientists worldwide. However, the precise origin of these powerful emissions has remained elusive, sparking numerous studies and investigations. Now, recent images captured by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) instrument aboard the joint ESA and NASA Solar Orbiter mission could hold the key to unraveling the mystery behind the source of solar winds.
Published in the journal Science, a groundbreaking paper presents the findings of a team of researchers who meticulously observed the sun’s activity through the Solar Orbiter’s lens. The images revealed an intriguing pattern of activity emanating from a region known as a “coronal hole” – an area characterized by reduced solar activity and a darker appearance. The team identified a series of phenomena that they termed “picoflare jets.”