Images of the Sun taken with Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI) and Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Scientists said “campfires” visible on the surface are believed to be mini explosions, called nanoflares. Photo: Reuters/ESA/NasaImages of the Sun taken with Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI) and Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Scientists said “campfires” visible on the surface are believed to be mini explosions, called nanoflares. Photo: Reuters/ESA/Nasa
Images of the Sun taken with Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI) and Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Scientists said “campfires” visible on the surface are believed to be mini explosions, called nanoflares. Photo: Reuters/ESA/Nasa

Closest pictures ever taken of sun reveal countless tiny campfire flares

  • Solar Orbiter spacecraft was 77 million km (48 million miles) from the sun – about halfway between Earth and the star – when it took the pictures last month
  • Scientists said the campfires are believed to be mini explosions, called nanoflares

Topic |   Space
Images of the Sun taken with Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI) and Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Scientists said “campfires” visible on the surface are believed to be mini explosions, called nanoflares. Photo: Reuters/ESA/NasaImages of the Sun taken with Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI) and Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Scientists said “campfires” visible on the surface are believed to be mini explosions, called nanoflares. Photo: Reuters/ESA/Nasa
Images of the Sun taken with Polarimetric and Helioseismic Imager (PHI) and Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft. Scientists said “campfires” visible on the surface are believed to be mini explosions, called nanoflares. Photo: Reuters/ESA/Nasa
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