August 31, 2007

Ooooooh, shiny!

The south pole of the Sun, taken in stereo view this past March.

South pole of the Sun

[Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/NRL/GSFC]

[This] image is one of many taken by NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites, which have provided the first three-dimensional images of the sun. For the first time, scientists will be able to see structures in the sun's atmosphere in three dimensions. The new view will greatly aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics and thereby improve space weather forecasting.

You can see a full-resolution version of the image if you go here.

Via NASA Image of the Day.

Posted by Magpie at August 31, 2007 02:49 PM | Shiny Things | Technorati links |