UK COMPLETES SOLAR PROBE
This September, the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter left the Airbus factory in Stevenage, UK where it was built. It is now heading for an ESA testing facility in Germany. The probe, due to launch in February 2020, will orbit the Sun once every five months, examining its magnetic field and solar wind. The Orbiter’s observations will help astronomers interpret the Sun’s inner workings, and understand why its magnetic poles flip once every 11 years.