Frank Sinatra once perfectly captured in song the feeling of the summer winds that came blowing in from across the sea.
But solar winds, the constant stream of charged particles emanating from the sun, remain a source of mystery. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has been sending back observations that are helping to improve our understanding the solar winds that race through our solar system and create weather in space.
The University of Delaware’s Bill Matthaeus has been studying switchbacks, the magnetic pulses and flips in the Sun’s magnetic field. And he’s excited to see the results of the data that will be available after the Probe approaches the lower corona of the Sun later next month.