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Does the Sun Really Look Like That?

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  • Examine the collage of pictures below. Scientists have taken pictures of our nearest star. Are pictures direct or indirect evidence?

    How do we get so many different views of the same star, our Sun?

    This collage of solar images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows how observations of the sun in different wavelengths helps highlight different aspects of the sun's surface and atmosphere.

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    This collage of solar images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows how observations of the sun in different wavelengths helps highlight different aspects of the sun's surface and atmosphere. (The collage also includes images from other SDO instruments that display magnetic and Doppler information.) Credit: NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center

     

     

    If you answered "light" you are correct! All of these images are pictures capturing different forms of light. What makes these forms of light different?