NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is expected to provide an answer to a mystery that has been puzzling scientists for hundreds of years.
In two years, the spacecraft is expected to become the first to enter what is called the “zone of preferential heating” above the surface of the sun. In this region, elements are superheated until they are about 10 times hotter than the hydrogen at the core of the yellow dwarf.
“Whatever the physics is behind this superheating, it’s a puzzle that has been staring us in the eye for 500 years,” stated Justin Kasper, a professor of climate and space sciences at the University of Michigan and the principal investigator behind the mission.
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