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NEW IMAGES OF THE SUN

Dr Nour Raouafi

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Raouafi is a Tunisian astrophysi­cist at Johns Hopkins Univerisit­y’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland and the project scientist for NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission. He is an expert in many solar and heliospher­ic topics, including solar magnetic fields, coronal plumes and jets, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), solar wind, solar energetic particles and many other areas.

For the last two years the Parker Solar Probe has been beaming back unique data sets while breaking records when it comes to how close a human-made object has been to the Sun and how fast it travels. Its latest encounter reached within 18.7 million kilometres (11.6 million miles) of the Sun and sped past at 393,000 kilometres (244,225 miles) per hour.

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