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    Here comes the sun (photos)
    By Becky Jungbauer | April 22nd 2010 04:51 PM | 3 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Absolutely stunning photos are now being released from NASA's new telescope, the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
    Over the course of its five-year mission, it will study the sun's magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth's atmospheric chemistry and climate. The images the telescope captures provide clarity 10 times better than high-definition television and transmit more comprehensive science data faster than
    previous solar spacecraft, according to NASA. - NPR
    There are photos and videos available on NASA's site, like those below. The telescope was launched in February. The videos take a while to load in some cases but they're worth it. Check them out!


    A solar prominence, an eruption of gas from the sun's surface. The movie of that eruption is here (29 MB), or see the quick and dirty version here:






    A "full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image" of the sun, showing areas of hot and cold. The reds are cooler (still at a blazing 60,000 K) while the blues and greens are hot ( > 1,000,000 K).

    All sorts of other images and videos, like those of solar flares and sunspots, can be found here and here. The SDO site is here, and the YouTube channel for SDO is here.

    Comments

    Now those are really, really cool, Becky! : )
    I can't get over the fact that last it, is so pretty it reminds me of a made CG image that is a perfect image. To bad its not or they could animate around it.

    dear sweetness sky rotate... melanin and brown
    and I will be the child that her ethnic in the summer

    changed