Friday, November 13, 2009

HOT video! The Sun's Surface in Swirling Detail

From Wired Science:

A telescope carried by balloon to the edge of Earth’s stratosphere has returned the most detailed video of the sun’s surface to date.

Released Wednesday by an international research team led by astronomers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, the video shows what the naked human eye could never see, even if we could look at the sun without blinding ourselves.

Near-ultraviolet wavelengths and magnetic fields are visualized on the video, which is all the more clear because telescope’s stratospheric positioning puts it beyond the light-scattering veil of Earth’s atmosphere.

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