Parker Solar Probe

Humanity’s First Visit to a Star

Launched August 12, 2018 at 3:31am EDT

We’ve been studying the Sun for decades, and now we’re finally going to go where the action is!

Parker Solar Probe’s primary science goal is to trace how energy flows through the corona, the outermost layer of the sun’s atmosphere.

Learn about our sun

& its influence on our solar system!

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Eclipse Across America

For the first time since 1979, the contiguous United States was treated to a total solar eclipse. Even more exciting, the path of totality across the USA started in Oregon and ended in South Carolina. The next total solar eclipse in the US is April 8, 2024 and the next one to cross the contiguous United States is August 12, 2045.

Total Solar Eclipse – August 21, 2017

Current Observations

The Sun as Seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) & the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).