Seeing Through the Layers of the Sun

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    NASA image captured December 19, 2010

    One can virtually peer through layers of the Sun to see different kinds of features using images taken at almost the same time (Dec. 19, 2010). Each STEREO spacecraft images the Sun in four wavelengths of extreme UV light. People cannot see UV light, but carefully designed instruments can. Frames from each wavelength are colorized so that scientists know instantly which wavelength they are observing. And each wavelength is imaging different material at different layers and temperatures. By superimposing images on top of one another, and moving from the just above the Sun to further out in the Sun?s outer atmosphere, we can illustrate how different features are revealed. Happy Holidays!

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    Credit: NASA/GSFC/STEREO

    AnnWhit, ¿el jose?, Alejandro Amador, and 74 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. gustaffo89 40 months ago | reply

      amazing, thanks for sharing

    2. Alejandro Amador 40 months ago | reply

      Wow esto es impresionante, gracias por compartirla, se va directa al wallpaper del móvil.

    3. Global Spook 40 months ago | reply

      Looks like the old school game of Simon... Excellent!

    4. NASA Goddard Photo and Video 40 months ago | reply

      Good one, I loved that game!

    5. Mightyhorse 40 months ago | reply

      This gives me an idea for a special Helios version of the game. In this high stakes version when you mess up the pattern it goes nova. ;-)

    6. K.Söebeck 40 months ago | reply

      Amazing, thanks for sharing.

    7. o_r_i_t 40 months ago | reply

      This is so Simon :)

    8. _Shutter Butter_ 40 months ago | reply

      nice concept. like using filters

    9. Txema Campillo 40 months ago | reply

      I love the blue layer.

    10. solarenerg 31 months ago | reply

      Very Interesting ! Looks beautiful !

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