Solar Orbiter images first coronal mass ejections

  • First Solar Orbiter movies showing coronal mass ejections (CMEs)
  • A pair of CMEs were detected by multiple instruments during February’s close flyby of the Sun
  • CMEs are eruptions of particles from the solar atmosphere that blast out into the Solar System and have the potential to trigger space weather at Earth
  • Solar Orbiter will begin its main science mission in November this year
  • Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA