ESA’s solar orbiter was just hit by a coronal mass ejection

The Solar Orbiter spacecraft exploring the sun encountered a massive plasma flare from the sun, just before a pivotal flyby of Venus.

A huge coronal mass ejection (CME), an explosion of charged particles from the upper atmosphere of the sunthe crown, taken from Sun August 30 to Venus. Shortly after, the bubble of solar matter reached solar orbiterwhich was preparing its last orbital flyby of the second planet of the solar system.

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