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Image above: The Black Brent rocket, being readied. image courtesy of NASA.
Today NASA, appropriately given all the fuss our local star has been making  the last couple of weeks, is sending up yet another space flight aimed at unravelling the Sun, and it's magnetic fields. Following on the heels of last weeks SUMI flight , NASA is launching the High Resolution Coronal Imager , aboard a Black Brent suborbital rocket. The imager will look at a large sunspot, at a frequency of UV light known to be good for studying the solar atmosphere, or corona , above the spot.
Image above: The fantastical complexity of a sunspot, modelled in a supercomputer. Image courtesy of NCAR.
The mission will spend about five minutes in space, taking observations that should resolve structures down to a hundred kilometres across - five times better than the Solar Dynamics Observatory  can achieve. The increase in resolution is due to the incredibly high quality of the mirrors used to collect the UV light - they are so smooth that there are no bumps bigger than a few atoms tall on them, anywhere.
For some reason - something about it keeping almost all life on Earth going - the Sun is getting a lot of scrutiny from NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. For a bit more on the subject, have a gander at the 'Living with a Star' webpage at the NASA site......
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