Ignoring the fact that Houston was com.plete.ly dissed to receive one of the space shuttles today, I thought we’d celebrate another anniversary (the 50th of manned space flight and the 30th of the shuttle program) with a new header and some fascinating shots of the heart of our solar system— the sun!
“A cloud of ionized gas floats over the surface of the sun. […] Using a filter that only records a narrow wavelength of light emitted by hydrogen. [Alan] Friedman captured the sun’s texture and eruption.” (via io9.com)
The TRACE satellite takes a close-up image of a magnetic active region at the limb of the Sun - the bright arches are due to the Sun's strong magnetic field channelling the hot, million degree ionised gases. (via ScienceDaily)
February 7, 2011 (via NASA)- The Sun unleashing one of its most powerful explosions, and X-class flare
Jimmy Dean, unleashing some serious sausage and eggs
Artist: Barbra Streisand/ Album: The Second Barbra Streisand Album