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A short leap onto the Red Ball of fire

The sun has always been something that had been unconquerable for mankind but today that feat was achieved by NASA’s Parker solar probe which flew through the corona (not the one on the earth) which is the upper atmosphere of the sun.

parker was launched in the year 2018 and was approx 8.1 mn miles from the center of the sun when it crossed the Alfven critical (this term is the landmark to mark the end of the solar atmosphere and the beginning of the solar wind ) surface and entered the solar atmosphere.

A short leap onto the Red Ball of fire
A short leap onto the Red Ball of fire

until now researchers were not sure of where Alfven’s critical surface lay in 2019 the probe collected data pinpointing the origin of the magnetic zig-zagged shaped structure in SolarWinds called switchbacks at a visible surface of the solar photosphere.

here the sun’s magnetic field is strong enough to dominate the moment of the particles, the conditions quietened particles slowed and the number of switchbacks dropped, but based on the images sent by parker of the corona it is somewhere between 8. mn miles from the surface of the sun at a distance of around 6.5 mn miles from the surface of sun the probe transited through a pseudostreamer, a massive structure that rises above the suns surface.

How can this be useful to us?

We all know the sun is inhabitable so why send a probe to the giant ball of fire …?

If this has been a burning question in you let me clear this up the sun has been the primary reason for our existence here on earth and without it, we will probably bid goodbye to our earth.

Even a small solar outburst can affect the life on earth so to give it in perspective let’s say the sun happens to be a bit closer to us than today we would have been fried homo sapiens or would have been frozen status if it the other way around right now everything is perfect but we can guarantee it will be the same always so the moment sun decides to screw up that hammers nail to the coffin of our good old earth but that’s not it completely let’s say if the sun decides to be the same but still, we need to upgrade right by the word upgrade, I didn’t mean pressing a button and changing to ultimate homo sapiens maybe something little similar.

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On the Kardashev scale which measures our civilization on the scale of 0 to 3 which is basically;

Type 3: civilization or galactic civilization that can harness the energy of the entire galaxy at its disposal (milky way in our case).

Type 2: civilization or the stellar civilization that can use the resources of their planetary system (our solar system).

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Type 1: civilization or planetary civilization if we can at least use all the recourses in the planet itself (earth in our case).

and anything less is type 0

We don’t need much thinking to say we are in the type 0 category but this step to the giant ball of fire might be the first step in our promotion to type 1 or 2 anytime in near future (by this I mean a million years, but it’s better late than never right).

“We’re physically part of the sun. The sun gives us energy, creates our world.” —Jon Anderson

(So what secrets do you think the ain’t the ball of fire has for us? Tell us in the comment section and stay tuned for more Infotainment content.)

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