Say hello to the Sun, now in astonishing SDO resolution

Astonishing image of the Sun taken by SDO. Credit: NASA/Goddard/SDO AIA Team.
Astonishing image of the Sun taken by SDO. Credit: NASA/Goddard/SDO AIA Team.
Astonishing image of the Sun taken by SDO. Credit: NASA/Goddard/SDO AIA Team.
Astonishing image of the Sun taken by SDO. Credit: NASA/Goddard/SDO AIA Team.

Nasa has released some stunning new images of the sun taken with its newly launched SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) capture technology. Prepare for some jaw-dropping photos—with resolution 10x better than high definition television. Forget about a yellow happy face, it’s as if the Sun has undergone a sexy Photoshop makeover.

“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.”

The SDO, launched February of this year, is the “most advanced spacecraft” ever designed to study the sun.

This image compares the relative size of SDO's imagery to that of other missions. Credit: NASA
This image compares the relative size of SDO's imagery to that of other missions. Credit: NASA.

Scientists will use it to learn more about the Sun’s role in the atmosphere and its impact on climate.

Each day, SDO will send 1.5TB of data, or the equivalent of 500,000 MP3 songs, back to earth. Yes, that guy in the NASA uniform at Costco is buying hard drive upgrades.

Now, only one question remains: When can we see all this in 3-D?

Source: NASA’s New Eye on the Sun Delivers Stunning First Images

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  • Keith

    If the author knew anything about imaging he would know that we are not ever going to see these images in 3-d, this spacecraft does not have any sort of 3-d capability. And I think that the “3-D” moniker is way overblown. Seems “3-D” has to somehow be mentioned just for the sake of mentioning it, to sound hip and with it..

    • Lila Sovietskaya

      The 3-D can be made from existing data though 3-d imagery is not part of SDO. It would not be real 3-D but you could simulate flying near the sun ‘surface’ This technique was used to make simulated 3-D flights on Mars and other planets. A brief survey of what can be done is shown in an Internet search for “3-D Software”.

      See 3-D Mars
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WsjeJiAR4E&feature=player_embedded

      Joke: Under the Suns magnetic arches we will fly without broiling

  • Keith

    If the author knew anything about imaging he would know that we are not ever going to see these images in 3-d, this spacecraft does not have any sort of 3-d capability. And I think that the “3-D” moniker is way overblown. Seems “3-D” has to somehow be mentioned just for the sake of mentioning it, to sound hip and with it..

    • Lila Sovietskaya

      The 3-D can be made from existing data though 3-d imagery is not part of SDO. It would not be real 3-D but you could simulate flying near the sun ‘surface’ This technique was used to make simulated 3-D flights on Mars and other planets. A brief survey of what can be done is shown in an Internet search for “3-D Software”.

      See 3-D Mars
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WsjeJiAR4E&feature=player_embedded

      Joke: Under the Suns magnetic arches we will fly without broiling

  • Lila Sovietskaya

    3-D photos are feasible with the collected data. SDO might permit better weather forecasts fro the Earth and for astronauts who face the perils of solar storms.

    Joke: Anything that man can grasp is a potential weapon. The sun is a potential weapon…Build a huge lens to concentrate its rays and direct the beam to the desired target for broiling…A hot solution for permanent problems

  • Lila Sovietskaya

    3-D photos are feasible with the collected data. SDO might permit better weather forecasts fro the Earth and for astronauts who face the perils of solar storms.

    Joke: Anything that man can grasp is a potential weapon. The sun is a potential weapon…Build a huge lens to concentrate its rays and direct the beam to the desired target for broiling…A hot solution for permanent problems