New pictures of the Sun taken just 77 million km (48 million miles) from its surface are the closest ever acquired by cameras.
They come from the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter (SolO) probe, which was launched earlier this year with detectors designed and built at Micron Semiconductor Ltd
Among the UK-assembled craft’s novel insights are views of mini-flares dubbed “camp fires”
These are millionths of the size of the Sun’s giant flares that are routinely observed by Earth telescopes.
For further information visit https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Solar_Orbiter and https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53429054