China’s Advanced Space-Based Solar Observatory, shown here in a rendering, will be China’s first full-size, dedicated tool to examine the sun. Photo: Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
China’s Advanced Space-Based Solar Observatory, shown here in a rendering, will be China’s first full-size, dedicated tool to examine the sun. Photo: Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
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China’s powerful sun-gazing telescope ready for launch

  • ASO-S heads into space this autumn to observe the next solar maximum, a period of increased flares and sunspots predicted to peak in 2025
  • The data will help scientists understand turbulent space weather that can knock out power grids on Earth

China’s Advanced Space-Based Solar Observatory, shown here in a rendering, will be China’s first full-size, dedicated tool to examine the sun. Photo: Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
China’s Advanced Space-Based Solar Observatory, shown here in a rendering, will be China’s first full-size, dedicated tool to examine the sun. Photo: Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
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