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HERE IS WHAT THE SUN LOOKS LIKE UNDER THE NEW XRAY TELESCOPE FROM NASA

NuStar, NASA’s newest x-ray telescope, has returned its first startling image of the sun. image www.spy-drones.com

NuStar, NASA’s newest x-ray telescope, has returned its first startling image of the sun.

The telescope was built to spot black holes and other distant and dark stellar objects. This is the first time the spacecraft has trained its eyes on our own sun. It’s a kind of out-there idea hatched in the early days of the mission, when scientists realized NuStar’s powerful instruments might be able to see new details in our star. Because NuStar senses x-rays, they could turn it toward the sun without hurting the instruments.

NuStar already has given insights into temperature fluctuations above sunspots. It may also be able to capture theorized nanoflares in action...

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Amateur astronomer Ivar Kooren captures incredible images of the sun from his backyard

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  image www.spy-drones.com

Close up photo of the sun. Photo: Ivar Kooren.

THE sun is 93 million miles away but one amateur astronomer hasn’t let that stop him capturing incredible close up photos from his back garden.

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  image www.spy-drones (3)

Ivar Kooren, from The Netherlands, used off-the-shelf equipment to capture these stunning images.

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  image www.spy-drones.com  [4]

They include bursts of flames — known as prominences — flickering from the sun’s surface. These flames are only visible during solar maxima when the sun is most active.

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  1 image www.spy-drones.com

“My backyard lays north so I can see pretty good to the east where the sun rises in the morning — the best time to capture these types of images,” he said.

While the setting is straightforward, the images themselves are difficult to capture and Kooren uses specialist techniques to produce the final version.

Close up photo of the sun. Photo Ivar Kooren  image www.spy-drones (1)

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