A Solar Neutrino Detector Mission Concept for Flying Close to the Sun

Astronomers have very few tools to peer into the heart of the Sun.

A continual stream of neutrinos is produced by the nuclear events that are continuously taking place in the Sun's core as it converts hydrogen into helium.

On the Earth we have built giant detectors to catch the occasional neutrino.

These neutrinos have been employed by astronomers to explore the limits of known physics and to comprehend the nuclear processes taking place inside the Sun.

The main advantage of putting a neutrino observatory in space is the ability to get up close and personal with the Sun itself

If we were to fly the observatory at the same distance as the Parker Solar Probe,

it would encounter more than a thousand times more neutrinos then the same detector would on the Earth

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