Glow up

Look: ESA captures remarkable images of a “hedgehog” structure on the Sun

A hedgehog on the Sun? It’s more likely than you think.

Solar Orbiter/EUI Team (ESA & NASA); CSL, IAS, MPS, PMOD/WRC, ROB, UCL/MSSL

NASA/ESA

Staring into the Sun is dangerous — unless you’re an orbiter full of metals and coated in a layer of protective calcium phosphate.

ESA

For ESA’s Solar Orbiter, getting blasted by the Sun’s energy is no sweat.

And the orbiter’s ability to get up close and personal is giving us a new view of our home star’s surface.