Tony Case works for the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and helped develop instrumentation for the NASA spacecraft. Since being launched last year, the probe has been orbiting the sun, gathering readings on its outer atmosphere.
Case and his team developed what’s called the solar probe cup.
“It looks just like a cup, maybe more like a tuna can," Case tells KLCC. "And it points right toward the sun and all the particles that are coming from the sun get caught in this cup, and we can actually measure how fast they’re going, how hot they are, what they’re made of.
"We take a look at those data in conjunction with the magnetic field, and other measurements that are being made. And that sort of gives us a full picture of what’s taking place in the corona, around the sun.”
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