Now that it has completed its first pass, the spacecraft is slowly adjusting its orbit.
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For Waring, the sudden change in direction and the speed of the object indicate that it was not a planet or natural satellite. Moon may have a lot more water than once thought, NASA plans November 14 launch for next SpaceX Crew Dragon, An asteroid will pass close to Earth the day before the election, SpaceX launches 60 Starlink internet satellites from Cape Canaveral, Star dies by "spaghettification" as it's consumed by black hole. Data from SUVI will provide an estimation of coronal plasma temperatures and emission measurements which are important to space weather forecasting.
According to Waring, he spotted the alleged UFO while he was browsing through the videos taken by the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a satellite launched by NASA in 1995 to study the Sun.
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After launching on February 9, Solar Orbiter made its first close pass of the sun in mid-June, despite the team facing setbacks due to the coronavirus pandemic. A UFO expert claimed to have spotted a massive alien vessel flying in front of the Sun. ESA said the satellite will eventually get much closer to the sun.
"We can already see hints of very interesting phenomena that we have not been able to observe in detail before.
Interestingly, the strange object changed directions as it eclipsed the massive star.
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