The Sun Has Rings, Says NASAVijayan Sankar (Author) Published Date : Dec 07, 2019 06:44 IST
Sun has rings like Saturn finds a new NASA study: A new NASA study recently published in the Nature journal confirms the possibility of our hottest star, Sun, to have rings like Saturn. NASA's Parker Solar Probe with WISPR was able to find the possible existence of rings around the sun. WISPR will discover more about it in its next perihelion, which is to happen next year, and by 2024 will be able to confirm the rings around the sun.
Russ Howard is the WISPR principal investigator of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He says that though the dust-free zone was predicted decades ago, until now, it was not seen. What is happening to the dust near the sun is seen with WISPR is his contention.
The study not only involves the findings of Parker Solar Probe's WISPR but also of many others to find what is happening in the sun including
- Plasma physicist Stuart Bale leads the team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, to control the probe's devices, which is known as FIELD. It studies the sun's magnetic and electric fields.
- The solar winds are measured by the second toolkit called SWEAP or Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons, which is operated by the Michigan University and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
- Princeton University with another group of devices called the Integrated Science Investigation measures the sun's outflow of energetic particles like electrons and ions
- The Naval Research Lab leads WISPR or the probe's imaging instrument.
The Sun Has Rings, Says NASA