Aditya-L1 mission’s Solar Wind Sensor Operational, Reveals Solar Flare Insights, read on to know it all!
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shared exciting news about its Aditya-L1 mission. A critical instrument, the Solar Wind Ion Spectrometer (SWIS), is now up and running. This instrument, part of the Aditya Solar Wind Particle Experiment (ASPEX), is a big deal for studying the sun.
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SWIS, the second part of ASPEX, is doing its job well. It’s been collecting data on protons and alpha particles for two days. These particles are essential in understanding the sun’s behaviour. ISRO is pleased with SWIS’s performance, mentioning it’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to.
The other instrument, called STEPS (SupraThermal and Energetic Particle Spectrometer), started working earlier in September. SWIS joined the action in November and has been working optimally since.
What’s fascinating is that SWIS can ‘see’ in different directions. It can precisely measure protons and alphas in the solar wind. This is a big deal because it helps us understand the sun’s properties and processes better. And this knowledge can tell us more about how solar activities impact Earth.
The data collected by these instruments is eagerly awaited by scientists worldwide. They hope this information will uncover more about the mysterious solar wind and its effects on our planet.
Recently, ISRO reported that SWIS recorded the sudden bursts of solar flares during its observations. Another device onboard, the HEL1OS X-ray spectrometer, captured these high-energy flashes from the sun. Solar flares are like sudden brightenings in the sun’s atmosphere, emitting different kinds of light.
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The spacecraft underwent a correction in its path in October, making sure it stays on course after its initial journey in September. Aditya-L1‘s location in space is strategic—it allows continuous observation of the sun without any disruptions, giving scientists a real-time look at solar activities and their impact on space weather.
This mission isn’t about landing on the sun; it’s about observing it from a safe distance to understand its behaviour and its effects on us. ISRO hopes the data collected will help us understand more about space weather and the events happening on the sun.
The Aditya-L1 mission is unlocking the sun’s secrets, and the world is waiting eagerly to learn from this groundbreaking endeavour.
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