“Praise Ye God, Sun and Moon: Praise God, All Ye Stars of Light”

The Sun Never Says
Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with
A love like that
It lights the Whole Sky.
–Hafiz

sun from SDO

A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by SDO on March 30, 2010. False colors trace different gas temperatures. Reds are relatively cool (about 60,000 Kelvin, or 107,540 F); blues and greens are hotter (greater than 1 million Kelvin, or 1,799,540 F). Credit: NASA/Goddard/SDO AIA Team

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“We’ve seen solar prominences before—but never quite like this,” says Alan Title, principal investigator of the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), the observatory’s main telescope array. Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun’s magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate. SDO will provide images with clarity 10 times better than high-definition television and will return more comprehensive science data faster than any other solar observing spacecraft.

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