The Sun is a restless star. It shows a host of transient and active phenomena, such as dark sunspots, the continuously changing hot corona, energetic flares and immense coronal mass ejections, together with the associated output of energetic radiation and particles. Fortunately, the Sun is sufficiently stable to maintain the Earth as our cozy cradle in inhospitable space, but it is also sufficiently variable to influence our natural environment, including climate, and to affect an increasing number of technical systems in space and on Earth. In order to uncover the secrets of the Sun a whole armada of spacecraft is flying to different parts of the solar system, with the most exciting missions yet to come. Highlights of recent space missions, including some of the most spectacular movies recorded by them, are presented and plans for future missions are outlined.
Sami K. Solanki is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany. His scientific interests are focused on the physics of the Sun, including the Sun’s influence on the Earth’s climate. He has published over 300 refereed scientific papers and is Editor in Chief of the electronic journal “Living Reviews in Solar Physics.” He is leading the SUNRISE Mission of the German Space Agency, DLR, NASA and the Spanish Space Agency, is the principle investigator of the SO/PHI instrument on the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter mission and is a Co-I of the HMI instrument on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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