Solar physics

Solar physics is the study of the fundamental processes occurring in the sun. Primarily this is related to the dynamics of plasmas and their interplay with the sun’s magnetic fields, and how these processes vary in different regions of the sun, from its core to the surrounding corona.

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  • Editorial |

    The recent suite of ground and space observatories bring solar physics into the twenty-first century. Solar Orbiter, due to launch this month, will observe the polar regions from up close, which is essential for understanding the magnetic field of the Sun.

  • Comments and Opinion |

    As the Solar Orbiter spacecraft is scheduled for launch this month, European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA Project Scientists provide an overview of this major ESA–NASA mission to the Sun.

    • D. Müller
    • , I. Zouganelis
    • , O. C. St. Cyr
    • , H. R. Gilbert
    •  & T. Nieves-Chinchilla
  • News and Views |

    The Parker Solar Probe spacecraft completed the first two of its 24 scheduled orbits around the Sun on 18 June 2019, making history by flying halfway between Mercury and the Sun.

    • Eugene N. Parker
    Nature Astronomy 4, 19-20
  • News and Views |

    After 41 years of travel, the Voyager 2 spacecraft joins its twin in interstellar space. A suite of papers report Voyager 2’s experience of its transition through the heliosheath and heliopause to what lies beyond.

    • R. Du Toit Strauss
    Nature Astronomy 3, 963-964