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Image of the Month: Solar Corona

Copyright: Solar Orbiter/EUI Team/ ESA & NASA; CSL, IAS, MPS, PMOD/WRC, ROB, UCL/MSSL.

This image, taken by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager on the ESA’S Solar Orbiter, shows the upper atmosphere of the sun – the corona – in UV. The orbiter carries instruments to sample properties of the sun. For example, the SPICE (Spectral Imaging of the Coronal Environment) instrument rapidly analyzes different ions in the solar wind (temperatures of around 50,000 Kelvin) to allow scientists to monitor rapid changes in the sun’s features.

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By the time I finished my degree in Microbiology I had come to one conclusion – I did not want to work in a lab. Instead, I decided to move to the south of Spain to teach English. After two brilliant years, I realized that I missed science, and what I really enjoyed was communicating scientific ideas – whether that be to four-year-olds or mature professionals. On returning to England I landed a role in science writing and found it combined my passions perfectly. Now at Texere, I get to hone these skills every day by writing about the latest research in an exciting, creative way.

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