Have you ever looked up at the sun and wondered what it's like up close?
While most of us may not get that opportunity in this life time, NASA is helping to bring the sun closer. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has delivered never-before-seen images of the sun that detail material streaming away from sunspots.
The satellite took the first high-resolution measurements of solar flares in a broad range of extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.
During it's five-year mission, the satellite will examine the sun's magnetic field. NASA also hopes SDO will help us to better understand the sun and it's processes which affect our lives and society, as well as the role it plays in the earth's atmospheric chemistry and climate.
They say the images returned to earth have a clarity 10 times better than high-definition television and is capable of returning science data faster than any other solar observing spacecraft.
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