China's radio heliograph may work with NASA in solar observation


A Chinese scientist said the country's solar radio heliograph is likely to cooperate with NASA's recently launched Parker Solar Probe to study the Sun.

The Chinese Spectral Radioheliograph (CSRH), built at Ming'antu, a radio quiet region in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, consists of 100 antennas with different frequency spectra covering an area of 10 square km.

It can monitor solar activities on a wide imaging resolution spectrum.

According to Yan Yihua, president of Division E Sun and Heliosphere, International Astronomical Union, the observation range of the CSRH and the Parker Solar Probe will overlap and it's possible that the two will cooperate in the future for specific scientific tasks.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe, the fastest spacecraft in history, was launched on Sunday and is on a mission to study the Sun at a closer range than any other spacecraft.

During its mission lifetime of seven years, the probe will complete 24 orbits of the Sun and fly within 6.1 million km of the Sun's surface at closest approach.

"Data from both sides could corroborate and supplement each other," said Yan.



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