Science Christmas Lights From the Sun: NASA Shares Spectacular Solar Images

December 25, 2014 8:02 PM

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NASA has beamed out a Christmas gift to the world - a brilliant image of blue and green X-rays shooting off the sun - captured by the space agency's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuStar.

NuSTAR, managed for NASA by the Solar Dynamics Observatory at the California Institute of Technology, was designed to investigate the far reaches of distant galaxies, with particular focus on black holes. But scientists instead turned the orbiting telescope to the Sun to capture a close-up of its my...

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