ESA’s Solar orbiter just got smacked by a coronal mass ejection

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The sun-observing Solar Orbiter spacecraft makes regular flybys at Venus, taking measurements of the planet's magnetic field as a side project. The sun-exploring Solar Orbiter spacecraft came face to face with a massive eruption of plasma from the sun, just ahead of a pivotal flyby of Venus. An enormous coronal mass ejection (CME), a burst of charged particles from the sun's upper atmosphere, th...

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