Europe’s space agency prepares to create solar eclipses to study the Sun

Europe’s space agency prepares to create solar eclipses to study the Sun

The European Space Agency (ESA) is preparing to create its own solar eclipses so that researchers can study one of the more difficult-to-observe parts of the Sun’s anatomy: its blazing-hot corona. To do that, it hopes to fly two separate spacecraft, 150 meters apart and aligned so that one satellite (called the “occulter”) blocks all but the corona from the other satellite, which will observe it using an instrument called a coronagraph. The mission’s two craft will have to fly …