Terrifying moment Sun shockwave sends particles flying into space
FRIGHTENING footage shows particles hurtling away from the Sun in an interplanetary shockwave, detached by NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS).
NASA has released its first footage of an interplanetary shockwave on the Sun. The NASA video shows particles flying away from the Sun, likely created by a fast stream of solar wind overtaking a slower stream. The charged particles can be seen hurtling from the side of the Sun before spreading out into the solar system.
The incredible footage was captured by NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS), a project which has spent the last four years using high-resolution instruments to capture never-before-seen images.
NASA explained: “Interplanetary shocks are a type of collisionless shock — ones where particles transfer energy through electromagnetic fields instead of directly bouncing into one another.
“These collisionless shocks are a phenomenon found throughout the universe, including in supernovae, black holes, and distant stars.
“MMS studies collisionless shocks around Earth to gain a greater understanding of shocks across the universe.”
The interplanetary shock was captured by NASA’s MMS on January 8, 2018.
NASA tweeted the footage, posting: “Shocking!
“Using special instruments to see what no other spacecraft can, our Magnetospheric Multiscale mission made the 1st high-resolution measurements of an interplanetary shock made of particles & electromagnetic waves launched by the Sun.” One user commented: “Awesome picture.”
NASA added: “Due to the timing of the orbit and instruments, MMS is only in place to see interplanetary shocks about once a week, but the scientists are confident that they’ll find more.