NASA’s 1st Complete Image of Our Star -Sol -Will Forecast Solar System Weather for Future Space Missions

110207102145-large NASA has released the first complete view of the sun's entire surface and atmosphere. The ability to view opposite sides of our star front and back simultaneously will enable significant advances in space weather forecasting for Earth, and improve planning for future robotic or crewed spacecraft missions throughout the solar system.


These view above is the result of observations by NASA's two Solar TErrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft, displaying diametrically opposite sides of the sun, 180 degrees apart.

STEREO traces the flow of energy and matter from the sun to Earth. It also provides unique and revolutionary views of the sun-Earth system. The mission observed the sun in 3-D for the first time in 2007. In 2009, the twin spacecraft revealed the 3-D structure of coronal mass ejections which are violent eruptions of matter from the sun that can disrupt communications, navigation, satellites and power grids on Earth.

The Daily Galaxy via NASA/STERO http://www.nasa.gov/stereo

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