NASA has released some rare unseen pictures of the Sun from a new satellite designed to predict disruptive solar storms.
NASA recently launched a Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), and the early images of the Sun are recieved from it confirmed an unprecedented new capability for scientists to better understand the Sun’s dynamic processes. Scientists said that these solar activities have an affect on Earth.
These initial images show a dynamic sun that I had never seen in more than 40 years of solar research,” said Richard Fisher, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
SDO will change our understanding of the sun and its processes, which affect our lives and society. This mission will have a huge impact on science, similar to the impact of the Hubble Space Telescope on modern astrophysics,” he added.
A close up of the sun in extreme ultraviolet light taken by STEREO's Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUVI). Featured are magnetic loops filled with million-degree Celsius material. Space.com
The STEREO (Ahead) spacecraft observed this visually stunning prominence eruption on Sept. 29, 2008 in the 304 wavelength of extreme UV light. It rose up and cascaded to the right over several hours, appearing something like a flag unfurling, as it broke Space.com
Coronal mass ejection as viewed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 7, 2011 Space.com
This image depicts coronal rain. Encircled are two plasma streamers, one hitting the sun's surface and another incoming behind it. Space.com
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this view of a powerful M3.6 Class solar flare on Feb. 24, 2011 during a 90-minute sun storm. NASA scientists called the display a "monster prominence" that kicked up a huge plasma wave. Space.com
A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by SDO on March 30, 2010. False colors trace different gas temperatures. Reds are relatively cool (about 60,000 Kelvin, or 107,540 F); blues and greens are hotter. Space.com
SDO observed as an active region emerged, expanded and blew out at least four flares over about a 40-hour period (June 11-12, 2010). These flares were about average in terms of their power. Space.com