Observing the corona and inner heliosphere with Parker Solar Probe

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Abstract
The recently launched Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission is expected to provide unprecedented views of the solar corona and inner heliosphere. In addition to instruments devoted to taking measurements of the local solar wind, the spacecraft carries a visible imager: the Wide-field Imager for Solar PRobe (WISPR). WISPR will take advantage of the proximity of the spacecraft to the Sun to perform local imaging of the near-Sun environment. WISPR will observe coronal structures at high spatial and time resolutions, although the observed plane-of-sky will rapidly change because of the fast transit at the perihelia. We present a concise description of the PSP mission, with particular regard to the WISPR instrument, discussing its main scientific goals, targets of observations, and outlining the possible synergies with current and upcoming space missions.
Year of Publication
2019
Journal
NUOVO CIMENTO C-COLLOQUIA AND COMMUNICATIONS IN PHYSICS
Volume
42
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21
Date Published
01/2019
ISSN Number
2037-4909
DOI
10.1393/ncc/i2019-19021-2