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India's Aditya L-1 will unravel the Sun like never before

The Sun, a bright star at the center of our solar system, powers life on Earth and holds eight planets tightly in an orbit around itself. At times, this star gets angry and hurtles dangerous radiation toward its cosmic neighbours. If you are a Mercury, your atmosphere will be completely stripped; if you are Neptune, you will be barely affected, but when you are Earth, you better be cautious.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is in the final stretch to launch a mission to find answers to these questions. The mission is called Aditya L-1 and it carries a one-of-a-kind instrument that will reveal the Sun's secrets.

In Short

  • Isro received the Visible Line Emission Coronagraph (VLEC) on Republic Day
  • VLEC targets at the continuous observations of the corona
  • The Aditya L-1 mission is India's maiden mission to observe the Sun

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