SUNSPOT – Sunspot Solar Observatory Dunn Solar Telescope helped NASA Parker Solar Probe last week.
The articles were publicly allowed to watch Dunne's high telescope at a height of 136 feet as it was followed by Parker Probe from Friday to Sunday.
NASA Parker Solar Probe is an unmanned aircraft that was launched in August to study the sun.
Director Sunspot Solar Observers James McAteer said that the Sunspot Observatory served as a set of eyes for the solar probe.
The probe carries out the reading of various characteristics of the Sun – such as temperatures, densities, and magnetic fields – but can not see what it is looking at, he said.
"It's like one of those rotating spray heads," said McAteer. "Imagine that you just discovered droplets of water on a certain piece of lawn, and that's all you have. We'll tell you what the sprinkler looks like, what the sprinkler head does instead of just a drop of water. We'll be able to say when that plasma came from the sun, That's what the sun looked like. "
He said Sunspot helps in the mission because other telescopes around the world can not maneuver to see where the probe will be.
"It's a complicated thing because the connection between the Sun and the point of space through which the Parker Solar Probe passes is not a trivial, straight line of connection," he said. "We're constantly running models to predict where that might be."
The data will be shared with the global solar community, McAteer said.
"We look forward to seeing how many people want to use it," he said.
This past weekend was unique because the probe went at the same speed as the sun, which means it remained above the same part of the sun until it returned to the solar system, said McAteer.
The probe flying towards the sun and picking up speed using the planetary weight for slinging and using its orbit around the Sun. The fireworks in October had the first gravity aid to Venus, NASA said in a statement.
Gravity aid will help spacecraft to strengthen and shake the orbits around the Sun, which will bring it to its nearest orbit in 2025. In the navigation, 24 orbits around the Sun will be made during their mission, the statement said.
The Sunspot Observatory will have a similar role every time the probe goes around the Sun, McAteer said.
Parker's mission will last seven years, which will culminate in orbit, which will probe to 3.83 million miles of the Sun, many times closer than it had previously achieved, the statement said.
The spaceship will face brutal heat and radiation conditions, while providing humanity with incredible observations about the star and helping us to understand the phenomena that have been debilitating scientists for decades.
Observations will add key knowledge to NASA's efforts to understand the Sun, where changing conditions can expand into the Solar System, affecting the Earth and other worlds, the statement said.
Findings of probes are especially important for human life on Earth.
They will help researchers improve forecasts of weather events in time, which have the potential to damage satellites and cause damage to orbits by astronauts, interfere with radio communications, and, in the most difficult, overloaded power supply networks, the statement said.