Our Kaleidoscopic Sun

Our Kaleidoscopic Sun (Image 1)

We're told not to look right at the sun. It's too bright for our eyes. 

But if you did look for a good while, you'd likely see white light.  It's, however, much more than a white light… much, much more. 

NASA image reveals the sun's rainbow colors that are invisible to the naked eye. 

Colors that can't be seen by the human eye… it's an incredible image that shows the array of colors that can be seen coming from the sun. 

The image was all made possible by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, using the wide range of wavelengths that the telescope can view.

SDO converts the wavelengths into an image that humans can see.  The light is colorized into a rainbow of colors. 

The sun actually emits light in all colors.  But see yellow is the brightest wavelength from the sun, it is the color that we see with our naked eye. 

When all of the visible colors come together, scientists call this 'white light.'

But the SDO isn't just used to show us what we aren't seeing when it comes to colors.  Scientists can now track how particles and heat move through the sun's atmosphere. 



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