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Our Sun: Three Different Wavelengths

Solar Dynamics Observatory image shows three sequences of the sun taken in three different extreme ultraviolet wavelengths
From March 20-23, 2018, the Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a series of images of our Sun and then ran together three sequences in three different extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.

From March 20-23, 2018, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured three sequences of our Sun in three different extreme ultraviolet wavelengths. The resulting images illustrate how different features that appear in one sequence are difficult, if not impossible, to see in the others.

In the red sequence (304 Angstroms), we can see very small spicules – jets of solar material – and some small prominences at the Sun’s edge, which are not easy to see in the other two sequences. In the second sequence (193 Angstroms), we can readily observe the large and dark coronal hole, though it is difficult to make out in the others. In the third (171 wavelengths), we can see strands of plasma waving above the surface, especially above the one small, but bright, active region near the right edge. These are just three of the ten extreme ultraviolet wavelengths in which SDO images the Sun every 12 seconds, every day.

Watch the transformation.

Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory