The sun crackles in new images from spacecraft preparing for flyby

The Europe-led Solar Orbiter mission has captured a stunning sequence of the lively star at the center of our solar system as it made its closest approach amid intensifying solar activity.

The European Space Agency (ESA), which operates the spacecraft, released the sequence on the day of the spacecraft’s closest approach, or perihelion, on Wednesday (Oct. 12). The images show 20 days of Solar Orbiter‘s observations of the star, taken between Sept. 20 and Monday (Oct. 10).

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