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Solar Orbiter solves magnetic switchback mystery

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According to a blog post from the European Space Agency, the Solar Orbiter probe achieved the first-ever remote sensing observation of a solar "switchback."

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The mission's new findings provide fresh insight into a puzzling behaviour that had previously only been postulated.

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It might contribute to the understanding of how solar wind is accelerated around the solar system.

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The new observation, according to the ESA, is the "first indication of a switchback in the solar corona."

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was made with the METIS coronagraph instrument on board the Solar Orbiter.

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Up until now, solar switchbacks have only been theorised.

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While it did not record any images, NASA's Parker Solar Probe, for instance, noticed sudden reversals in the magnetic field of the sun.