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The sun as you’ve never seen it: European probe snaps closest-ever photo of our star

The sun as seen by Solar Orbiter in extreme ultraviolet light from a distance of roughly 46 million miles (75 million kilometers). The image is a mosaic of 25 individual images taken on March 7 by the high resolution telescope of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) instrument. (Image credit: ESA)

The European sun-chasing spacecraft Solar Orbiter has snapped the closest images of the sun ever taken, revealing the finest details of our star’s outer atmosphere, the corona. 

The images were taken on March 7, when Solar Orbiter was exactly halfway between Earth and the sun, at a distance of 46 million miles (75 million kilometers) from both bodies.

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