Whispers of Jupiter

Another WISPR image shows the outflow from the sun, with Jupiter (in red) moving across the cameras field of view. Understanding the solar wind is important for Earth because it can affect the magnetic fields which surround the planet.

“When structures in the solar wind reach Earth, they can drive dynamics in Earth’s magnetosphere, including particle precipitation from Earth’s radiation belts,” explains Nicholeen Viall, a NASA solar scientist.

Published:Caption:Photo:Naval Research Laboratory/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab