NuSTAR Probe Captures a Sizzling X-Ray View of the Sun

December 23, 2014 12:07 AM

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NASA's NuSTAR probe is designed to take pictures of faraway X-ray phenomena, such as blasts from black holes, but the satellite turned its camera toward the sun to snap a picture that's dressed up in colors suited to the holidays.

The readings from NuSTAR (which is short for Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) were overlaid on an ultraviolet image of the sun's full disk from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory to produce what scientists say is our parent star's most sensitive X-ray portrait.

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