ISRO scientists research Solar Corona utilizing Mars Orbiter Mission

Nellore: A group of scientists from totally different models of ISRO used ‘S-band’ radio indicators from Mangalyaan, the Indian Mars orbiter, to review the photo voltaic corona —  the layer of the Solar that extends tens of millions of kilometres into area — and positioned the world of the solar the place the temperature rises abruptly.

The scientists utilised the photo voltaic conjunction occasion, when the Earth and Mars are on the other sides of the Solar, that occurred in Might-June 2015 for the research. The Solar’s exercise was low at the moment.


Throughout conjunction occasions, which occurs as soon as in two years for Mars, the radio indicators from Mangalyaan cross by the photo voltaic corona — about 10 photo voltaic radii or about 69,57,000 km from the centre of the Solar. This supplies scientists a novel alternative to review photo voltaic dynamics. Every photo voltaic radii is about 6,95,700 km.

The scientists concerned within the research had been from Area Physics Laboratory of Vikram Sarabhai Area Centre, Thiruvananthapuram; Bodily Analysis Laboratory, Ahmedabad; and ISRO Telemetry Monitoring and Command Community (ISTRAC), Bengaluru.


The outcomes had been revealed within the journal Month-to-month Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society by the authors of the research Richa N. Jain, R.Okay. Choudhary, Anil Bhardwaj, Umang Parikh, Bijoy Okay. Dai, and Roopa M.V.

In keeping with the research, the scientists discovered that the  transition of photo voltaic wind — charged particles launched from the higher ambiance of the Solar — from slower speeds to larger velocities (technically sub-alfvenic to super-alfvenic move) happens in a area that’s 10 to fifteen instances the photo voltaic radii (69.6 lakh km to about 104.4 lakh km) from the centre of the Solar.


The Solar’s floor is just a few thousand diploma Kelvin (a unit of measurement of temperature, just like the Celsius) whereas within the outer ambiance, the photo voltaic corona, the temperature rises to a number of million levels Kelvin. Why this occurs isn’t recognized.

It is very important research the corona because it passes by the interplanetary areas, and impacts the near-Earth area atmosphere by a phenomenon often known as area climate.

The Mangalyaan radio indicators that crossed by the plasma (ionised medium) within the photo voltaic corona through the conjunction occasion skilled dispersive results. The turbulence was recorded on the Indian Deep Area Community for Mangalyaan, at Isrtrac (Isro Telemetry, Monitoring and Command Community).


Analysing the indicators, the scientists reported that they obtained coronal turbulence spectrum at between 4 and 20 photo voltaic radii (27.8 lakh km to 139.1 lakh km from the centre of the Solar. That is the area the place the photo voltaic wind primarily will get accelerated.

The scientists discovered that the turbulence energy spectrum at a smaller distance from the Solar’s centre — of lower than 10 photo voltaic radii — had flattened at shorter frequencies, which corresponds to the photo voltaic wind acceleration area.

For bigger distances from the Solar’s centre — greater than 10 photo voltaic radii — the curve turns into a lot steeper. The scientists reported that this discovering is in step with theoretical fashions of photo voltaic wind turbulence.


The scientists stated the discovering was additionally supported by the primary direct statement of photo voltaic corona by the Parker Probe, Nasa’s first-ever mission to “contact the Solar”, not too long ago.

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