This is our only image of the sun’s north pole

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Scientists at the European Space Agency have stitched together images to create an artificial photo of what they believe the sun’s poles look like.

Satellite missions to the sun have almost always focused on the equator region. The Ulysses spacecraft ‘ which was retired in 2009 ‘ flew over the poles in 1994 and 1995 but wasn’t equipped with a camera.

To achieve this photo, ESA gathered past images from the Proba-2 (PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy 2) solar explorer. While the Proba-2 didn’t directly observe the poles, scientists were able to extrapolate pieces of images that captured the sun’s northern hemisphere. Those pieces were then stretched and laid flat to form the bird’s-eye view of the north pole.

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The Sun’s Turbulent North Pole Looks Like a Spooky Vortex in This Composite Image

As winter descends on the Northern Hemisphere like so many dinner guests upon a plate of latkes, it’s a fine time to start dreaming of warmer climes. Today, may we recommend a visit to the north pole of the sun? (Today’s forecast calls for a low of about 7,300 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4,000 degrees Celsius.)

Even with satellite footage, our view of the sun is pretty much limited to the solar disc ‘ the circular profile of the sun that we can see plainly from Earth. The northern and southern poles of our closest star have never been directly observed, but scientists at the European Space Agency have made a habit of creating daily composite images of the sun’s north pole using some clever time-lapse photography. Yesterday’s image (Dec. 3), highlighted in a blog post on the ESA’s website, gives you a taste of the swirling, turbulent sea of plasma hidden atop the sun’s head. [Fiery Folklore: 5 Dazzling Sun Myths | May 20 Solar Eclipse]

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Here’s Something You’ve Never Seen Before: The Sun’s North Pole

Now a solar mission has given us just that, in the form of an image pieced together from data collected by the European Space Agency’s PROBA-2 (PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy 2) satellite, in orbit around Earth.

Our home planet – and most of the stuff in the Solar System – orbits the Sun in a more-or-less flat plane, close to the star’s equator. This is called the ecliptic plane, and it’s the result of the flat disc of dust and gas that whirled around the baby Sun, from which the planets formed.

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ESA Unveils A Hypnotic Image Of The Sun’s North Pole

As Science Alert explains, this is due to Earth’s position on the ecliptic plane around the sun, which keeps all of the planets gravitating around the sun’s equator. Although it is technically possible to veer spacecraft outside of this plane, the task is extremely challenging. For this reason, the majority of robotic probes that we’ve sent to scope out the sun have gotten an eyeful of the sun’s equator, but no glimpse of the solar poles.

In order to even things out, the European Space Agency (ESA) has produced our very first photo of the sun’s north pole. While this is not an actual snapshot taken from above the sun, it is, however, a composite image based on satellite imagery.

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An artificial Proba-2 view of the solar north pole

We’ve sent numerous missions into space to study the Sun; past and present solar explorers include ESA’s Proba-2 (PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy 2) and SOHO (SOlar Heliospheric Observatory) probes, NASA’s SDO and STEREO missions (the Solar Dynamics Observatory and Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, respectively), and the joint NASA/ESA Ulysses mission. However, most of these spacecraft have focused mainly on the equatorial regions of the Sun, with the notable exception of Ulysses ‘ this probe observed our star at a wide range of latitudes for nearly two decades, until the mission came to an end in 2009. Despite Ulysses’ insights, this focus on low solar latitudes has left the Sun’s poles relatively unexplored. A lack of imaging data means that scientists must get creative in piecing together pictures of the Sun’s polar regions ‘ as seen here in this artificial image of the solar north pole.

The ESA just released our best look yet at the Sun’s north pole

Spotting the Sun is easy on a cloud-free day, but scientists hoping to learn more about our nearest star have a difficult task when it comes to studying its poles. We get great views of all sides of the Sun as Earth orbits it, but seeing its top and bottom is surprisingly hard.

The European Space Agency has been working on solving this problem by carefully piecing together a number of different images of the Sun’s north pole that were gathered by satellites. Now, for the first time, we have a pretty decent look at our star’s north pole, and’it’s pretty neat.

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