NASA spacecraft hopes to catch a solar flare as it zips past the sun


NASA's Parker Solar Probe has just zipped past the sun, and scientists are extraordinarily excited. Parker Solar Probe came within 5.3 million miles (8.5 million kilometers) of the sun's surface Tuesday (Sept. 6) at 2:04 a.m. EDT (0604 GMT) in its 13th close approach of the sun, or perihelion. And this perihelion comes when the sun has been remarkably active, sporting a sunspot the size of Earth ...

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