NASA releases 3D visuals of the Sun

Ever wanted to know what the Sun is truly like? Well you’re in luck. No, you won’t get an opportunity to fly there, but we’ve got the next best thing – 3D images of the sun. NASA sent out two Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) probes out in 2006 to create stereoscopic images of the sun using the two opposing view angles of the spacecraft. On February 6 2011, a few days ago, the two probes were 180 degrees apart from each other, which finally allowed them to capture the entire sun, and for the first time in human history, we have a view of the entire sun. These visuals, which we will have for the next 8 years, will help scientists make better predictions about solar storms that could affect our satellites and electrical grids. Watch a video from NASA explaining how this works after the break:

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