You've never seen the sun like this before! NASA satellite shows boiling sun in stunning
It is a view of the sun like no other.
These stunning images show the boiling inner workings of our star in a way no human eye could possibly hope to detect.
The mesmerising pictures, taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite or SDO, show the light thrown off by the sun in both the ultraviolet and x-ray spectrum.
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The clarity of the SDO images meansthat it will feed back to Nasa on Earth more comprehensive science datathan any other solar observing spacecraft. Every day it sends out 1.5terabytes of data, equal to 500,000 songs on an MP3 player.
Some of the images shownever-before-seen detail of material streaming outward and away fromsunspots. Others show extreme close-ups of activity on the Sun’ssurface.
The satellite was launched inFebruary 2010 and chief scientist Dean Pesnell said it has already disprovedat least one theory - but refused to give details.
During its five-year mission, itwill examine the Sun's magnetic field and provide a betterunderstanding of the role the Sun plays in Earth's climate.
It will determine how the Sun's magnetic fieldis generated and converted into such violent solar events such asturbulent solar winds.
It is hoped the SDO will help scientists learn the damage solar flares can do to communication satellites and power supplies.
Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in February 2010.
It is on a five year mission which is expected to cost $855million.
The spacecraft, orbiting 22,000 miles above Earth, is 7.2ft by 14.8ft.
The solar panels are 21ft across and produce 1450W of power.
Instruments on board have additional shielding because this is in the outer reaches of the Earth's radiation belt where levels can be quite high.
The spacecraft carries three instruments that take ultra-high resolution images of the Sun every minute.
It is also able to study solar pressure waves generated on its surface.
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