NASA’s solar probe makes 15th flyby of the sun on St. Patrick’s Day

NASA’s sun-hitting Parker Solar Probe spacecraft will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) by making another close approach to our star. As people around the globe enjoy a cold beer, the spacecraft will brave sweltering temperatures of up to 1,400 degrees Celsius as it makes its 15th approach to the sun, or perihelion.

According to NASA’s Parker Solar Probe website, (opens in new tab) the exact time of the close approach is 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) when the spacecraft comes within about 8.5 million km of the sun’s surface, the photosphere.

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