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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Provides X-Ray And Ultraviolet Images Of the Sun (PHOTOS)

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The Huffington Post   First Posted: 10/02/11 03:50 PM ET Updated: 12/02/11 05:12 AM ET

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been providing some stunning images of the sun since early 2010, but recently it began releasing daily images of the sun that will blow your mind.

The $865 million project equipped the semi-autonomous SDO craft to orbit the sun for five years, sending back advanced data about the life-giving star. Among the data retrieved are these photos images, which picture the light thrown off by the star at wavelengths not typically visible to the human eye.

These x-ray and ultraviolet images give a unique perspective and help scientists understand the internal motion of the giant ball of burning gas.

NASA has begun releasing daily images of the sun, which you can check out in the slideshow below, or here on NASA's website.

In addition, the NASA site also has a number of 48-hour timelapse videos of the star, that you can check out for yourself.


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