Probe finds small jet that may be source of solar wind

The spacecraft has detected a small jet that may be an elusive source of the Sun’s solar wind.

The discovery was made by the European Space Agency (ESA) solar probe. The satellite is the most complex scientific laboratory ever sent to the Sun, according to ESA.

Using the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI), a series of remote-sensing telescopes, the spacecraft discovered jets of material emerging from the Sun’s outer atmosphere.

Each jet has a duration of 20-100 seconds. During this split second, charged particles known as plasma are ejected at about 100 kilometers per second. Scientists suspect jets power the solar wind.