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ESA Releases First Ever PHOTO of Sun's North Pole


Making use of the data collected from satellite Proba-2, the European Space Agency (ESA) managed to bring together separate photography pieces and reconstruct a view of the Sun’s North Pole.


Although the image the agency finally arrived at through a bit of camera trickery is merely an approximation, it shows even minor imperfections, or “patchwork,” as the staffers put it.


ESA took strips from the edge of the Sun, keeping track of its atmosphere in the northern hemisphere, brought them together, and laid them flat to present a probable view from above.


Despite an abundance of missions sent into space to explore the Sun, we are still largely in the dark about its polar regions, as most of those focused on the equatorial part of the star, moving along the ecliptic plane.


The Ulysses, a joint venture conducted by NASA and ESA in 2009, aimed at specifically studying the Sun’s northern and southern parts, but did not boast advanced imaging equipment at the time.


However, the prospects for taking sufficient imagery look bright in the near future, as a special mission to this end, named Solar Orbiter, is due to be launched by the ESA for the first time in history in 2020.






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