Closest Encounter Ever: Campfires on the Sun?

Last Updated on July 18, 2020 by cassnetwork

Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller and her Astro-Pup Patches are inviting you to check it out!

Please go to and scroll down the page.

In the RIGHT hand column CLICK on the WHITE box with the caption:

ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter Returns First Data, Snaps Closest Pictures of the Sun

This page has an article you may be interested in reading; below it is the close up image of the sun; the article continues; then, right below that there are 9 boxes with images of the sun with WHITE arrows pointing to the campfires;

It’s possible they are mini explosions called nanoflares.

Solar Orbiter is an international collaboration between the European Space Agency or ESA and NASA, to study our closest star, the Sun. This spacecraft was launched on February 9, 2020. The results of the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun weren’t expected this soon. The spacecraft completed its first close pass of the Sun in mid-June.

The first images from ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter are now available to the public.

The incredible images should help scientists learn about the Sun’s atmospheric layers, and how it drives space weather close to the Earth and throughout our solar system.