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ESA's Solar Orbiter 6h
Bonus opportunity for , which will cross through the tails of ATLAS in the next few days. The mission's 4 in-situ instruments will be switched on and collecting data during the encounter 👍 More details:
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Dr. Tamitha Skov May 26
Our gets active! Check out the new forecast & see how the new cycle is taking hold with mini-flares & . Also learn when the path of ATLAS will cross paths with the & see why is a virgin!
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FHNW Astroinformatics+Heliophysics May 28
No sunspots at all. But look, some activity at the limb. We urgently need a to optimize calibration of the X-ray telescope STIX on . Keep fingers crossed!
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ESA's Solar Orbiter 5h
Replying to @ESASolarOrbiter
Another challenge is posed by the comet itself! In early April, Comet ATLAS fragmented & its brightness dropped significantly. A further fragmentation occurred mid-May, making it even less likely to be detectable by – but the effort is still worth making
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ESA's Solar Orbiter 5h
Replying to @ESASolarOrbiter
If detects Comet ATLAS's presence, scientists could learn more about how interact with the solar wind – the flow of charged particles released by the – and also about the dust environment of our star, as the comet nucleus is inside the orbit of Mercury.
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ESA's Solar Orbiter 5h
Replying to @ESASolarOrbiter
The commissioning of has been proceeding over the past three months to ensure the spacecraft and instruments will be fully functional for the 1st close pass of the , to take place on 15 June, around 77 million km from our parent star.
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ESA's Solar Orbiter 5h
Replying to @einionyn
Meanwhile, noticed that would pass through the ion tail of Comet ATLAS on 31 May-1 June + through the dust tail on 6 June. Fortuitously, the 4 in-situ instruments that measure the conditions around the spacecraft are also great for studying tails!
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Niamh Brady May 26
Fascinating online event from tonight 🛰📡🔭Great opportunity to hear all about the & Well done everyone 👏
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ESA's Solar Orbiter 25m
Replying to @CometIntercept @esa
Of course! A comet is also a 🛰️☄️🛰️☀️
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ESA's Solar Orbiter 5h
Replying to @esaoperations
Unexpected encounters like this provide unique opportunities & challenges. Thanks to a special effort by instrument teams & , the 4 in-situ instruments will be on, even though at certain times they will need to be switched back into commissioning mode.
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Megan - pink planet society 🪐 May 24
who wore it better? 🤔😝 still pinching myself I got to walk down this iconic ramp at during the ! Now it’s & turn to do it for real as they depart for the dry dress rehearsal 🚀
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Diamond Coatings Ltd May 24
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ESA's Solar Orbiter 5h
Replying to @ESASolarOrbiter
Looking at an icy object rather than the scorching is an exciting – and unexpected! – way for to start its scientific mission, but that’s the nature of 🙂 Stay tuned as the spacecraft approaches its first perihelion in mid June
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Jennifer Novak May 27
We got to walked through this spot at for &
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Diamond Coatings Ltd May 22
It's an odd feeling to think that objects our company worked on are currently in space and orbiting the sun. Weird and Wonderful!
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Jennifer Novak May 25
Replying to @the_pink_planet
Oohhh hai!!! You were at weren’t you?
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Diamond Coatings Ltd May 21
We specialise in ITO coatings. We coated a spaceship recently! ITO = Indium Tin Oxide can be layered onto a surface & innovatively become an application like Smart Glass, Touch Switching or Heated Screens / Lenses. ITO is a clever tech - contact us for info!
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NASA Sun & Space May 21
. paid a virtual visit to our director, Nicky Fox, to get an update on our missions! Hear the latest on , and our newly selected missions. ⬇️ Transcript & subscribe:
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ESA Operations 1h
Replying to @esaoperations
"When crosses the dust tail (44 million km downstream from the comet), depending on its density – which is extremely difficult to predict – it is possible that one or more tiny dust grains may hit the spacecraft at speeds of tens of kilometres per second...
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Phys.org 2h
to pass through the tails of ATLAS
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