Sun  ID: 13291

NASA’s New Solar Scope Is Ready For Balloon Flight

NASA and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, or KASI, are getting ready to test a new way to see the Sun, high over the New Mexico desert.

A pearlescent balloon — large enough to hug a football field — is scheduled to take flight no earlier than Aug. 26, 2019, carrying beneath it a solar scope called BITSE. BITSE is a coronagraph, a kind of telescope that blocks the Sun’s bright face in order to reveal its dimmer atmosphere, called the corona. Short for Balloon-borne Investigation of Temperature and Speed of Electrons in the corona, BITSE seeks to explain how the Sun spits out the solar wind.
 

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Credits

Scientists:
Natchimuthuk Gopalswamy (NASA/GSFC)
Nelson Reginald (Catholic University of America)
Jeff Newmark (NASA/GSFC)
Qian Gong (NASA/GSFC)

Producer:
Joy Ng (USRA)

Writer:
Kathalina Tran (SGT)

Technical Support:
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET)

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Keywords:
SVS >> SOHO
SVS >> Solar Wind
SVS >> Sun
GCMD >> Location >> New Mexico
SVS >> Space Weather
SVS >> Coronagraph
SVS >> SDO
SVS >> Solar Dynamics Observatory
SVS >> Eclipse
SVS >> Heliophysics
SVS >> STEREO
SVS >> Corona
NASA Science >> Sun
SVS >> Balloon
SVS >> BITSE
SVS >> CODEX
SVS >> CSBF
SVS >> Fort Sumner

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0