Coronal mass ejections are an impressive phenomenon that takes place on the Sun. The star will release generous amounts of super-hot plasma particles into the solar system, and astronomers and other researchers often study them.
During November 2018, the Sun appeared to be quite calm as the number of visible events was considerably in comparison to regular activity. However, data recorded with the help of the Parker Solar Probe proves that a stealth coronal mass ejection took place between November 11 and November 12. At that time, the probe was traveling around the sun for the first time.
Images of a coronal mass ejection will usually showcase intense activity in the form of a major blowout and other connected manifestation. One of the researchers who contributed to the study has mentioned that some of the data collected by the Parker Solar Probe did not show any cases of the relevant activity.
Covert Coronal Mass Ejection Recorded By NASA’s Parker Solar Probe
Other observations that targeted specific energetic particles tracked down the trace of a shock, an event that can be linked to a coronal mass ejection. Further analysis revealed that the probe was actually flying through an area affected by a coronal mass ejection, according to data related to the magnetic field.
The Parker Solar Probe is closer to the sun than any other spacecraft launched from Earth. This offers a unique advantage since it can spot the early signs of a coronal mass ejection before other probes have the chance to do it. Scientists are confident that they will be able to use the data collected by the probe to learn more about the phenomenon and the locations which favor the event.
This is why the detection of the stealth coronal mass ejection is essential for the researchers who worked on the study and for their peers. The study was published in a scientific journal.