Working Sun Revealed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has released a chain of never – seen – before working sun images. These astonishing and spectacular images are captured by a new Nasa space telescope (the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the Sun) and offer a fresh insight into how the Sun works. Other images help to feature extreme close-ups of activity on the Sun’s surface. The chief scientist Dean Pesnell states, “These amazing images, which show our dynamic sun in a new level of detail, are only the beginning of SDO's contribution to our understanding of the Sun”. The precious pictures help scientists to examine the sun's magnetic field and provide a better understanding of the working sun.


The close-up, profile view of an active region has extremely high temperature (60,000 degrees) and release extreme ultraviolet light to the Earth’s atmosphere

The close-up, profile view of an active region has extremely high temperature (60,000 degrees) and releases extreme ultraviolet light to the Earth’s atmosphere

 

The image, taken by SDO's AIA instrument at 171 Angstrom, shows off the quiet corona and upper transition region of the Sun

The image, taken by SDO's AIA instrument at 171 Angstrom, shows off the quiet corona and upper transition region of the Sun

 

The associated waves and flares are seen around the Sun. The picture is taken by SDO immediately after the AIA CCD camera on 30 March 2010

The associated waves and flares are seen around the Sun. The picture is taken by SDO immediately after the AIA CCD camera on 30 March 2010

 

This is the full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image taken by SDO on 30 March 2010

This is the full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image taken by SDO on 30 March 2010

 

The picture demonstrates the energy thrown off by the sun revealed in wavelengths invisible to the human eye

The picture demonstrates the energy throwing off by the sun revealed in wavelengths invisible to the human eye

 

The sun was seen on June 9, 2011 by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Scientists said that the solar storm caused by sun can disrupt all power supply, air traffic control, communications and satellites

The sun was seen on June 9, 2011 by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Scientists said that the solar storm caused by sun can disrupt all power supply, air traffic control, communications and satellites

 

The Sun has extreme ultraviolet light. In the picture is dark coronal hole on the Sun's surface which is source of open magnetic field lines heading into spaces

The Sun has extreme ultraviolet light. In the picture is dark coronal hole on the Sun's surface which is source of open magnetic field lines heading into spaces

 

This NASA's new Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows the eruptive prominence blasting away from the sun

This NASA's new Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows the eruptive prominence blasting away from the sun

 

SDO - First Light Images from Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory ( Sun )

 

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This article was published on 2011/10/04