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Data from Parker Solar Probe helps unravel sun’s mysteries

Data from Parker Solar Probe helps unravel sun’s mysteries

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Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Over the last year, NASA's Parker Solar Probe flew closer to the sun than any previous spacecraft. Now, scientists are beginning to make sense of the measurements captured by the probe's four instruments during its first three record-setting flybys. On Wednesday, researchers published four new scientific papers, all supported by Parker Solar Probe data, in the journal Nature. According to the authors of the new studies, the observations and measurements recorded by the Parker Solar Probe are bringing scientists closer to solving some of the sun's greatest mysteries -- like explaining why the corona is a couple million degrees hotter than the sun's surface, where solar flares come from and what propels solar wind. "Some of the data confirmed what we already thought, but so...