'Hubble Of The Sun' Begins Transmitting Images A new NASA space telescope launched in February to study the sun is now sending back stunning images of solar activity. The high-definition images will enable researchers to monitor the entire sun for changes on the surface and in the solar atmosphere.
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'Hubble Of The Sun' Begins Transmitting Images

Launched in Febraury 2010, NASA describes the Solar Dynamics Observatory as the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. Over the course of its five-year mission, it will study the sun's magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth's atmospheric chemistry and climate. The images the telescope captures provide clarity 10 times better than high-definition television and transmit more comprehensive science data faster than previous solar spacecraft, according to NASA.