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Sun's X-Rays Captured as Image for 1st Time By NASA Telescope

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NASA scientists are excited over what they say is the most sensitive image of the sun ever taken.


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Michael O (176)
Friday December 26, 2014, 9:40 am
The NuSTAR telescope – Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array – normally turns its gaze on black holes and other farther objects in the solar system. But this time, scientists decided to turn its eye closer to home.

The telescope managed to capture an image of the sun’s high-energy X-ray flashes — something never done before.

The sun has been too bright for other NASA telescopes, but NuSTAR, with its special design, is able to look at it without damaging its detectors.

“NuSTAR will give us a unique look at the sun, from the deepest to the highest parts of its atmosphere," said David Smith, a solar physicist and member of the NuSTAR team at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Images gathered by NuSTAR could help scientists unravel one of their biggest solar mysteries as they continue to train the telescope on the sun.

Scientists are eager to get evidence of nanoflares – small versions of the sun’s giant flares that erupt with high-energy radiation and charged particles.

“NuSTAR will be exquisitely sensitive to the faintest X-ray activity happening in the solar atmosphere, and that includes possible nanoflares," said Smith.

If nanoflares exist, they could explain why the sun’s corona, its outer atmosphere, is super hot (averaging 1 million Celsius), while the surface of the sun is much cooler at 6,000 C.The nanoflares could be the sources of that intense heat.

NuSTAR, which launched in 2012, has had its mission extended to 2016.

Mael van der Vliet (25)
Friday December 26, 2014, 9:46 am
Thank you ! :)

Past Member (0)
Friday December 26, 2014, 10:25 am
Rather AMAZING i have to say! We've come along way...thanks Michael

desanka s (416)
Friday December 26, 2014, 11:05 am
Amazing photo but our planet is burning.
Thank you Michael!

Roger G (148)
Friday December 26, 2014, 11:46 am
noted, thanks

Sheila D (194)
Friday December 26, 2014, 4:23 pm
Fascinating...Thanks Michael.

Athena F (131)
Friday December 26, 2014, 7:31 pm
thank you

Katherine May Williams (0)
Saturday December 27, 2014, 6:18 am

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday December 27, 2014, 4:33 pm
Cool :)

Miriam AWAY Site issues (61)
Monday December 29, 2014, 7:57 am
THANK YOU for your time and for posting, yes cool! Thanks again Michael!
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