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Solar Flare

Check out what the Sun looks like in X-rays!

X-Ray Filter Movie[Click here for a view of the Sun through an X-ray filter] (Animation, 1.46MB)
Courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

A bit of history...


StonehengeFor much of history, humans have studied the sky and the Sun. Ancient people built structures like Stonehenge to observe the Sun’s passage through the seasons.

Sunspot SketchThe advent of the telescope in the 1600s allowed astronomers such as Galileo Galilei and Christopher Scheiner to observe and sketch Sunspots. Solar flares were discovered in 1859 when Richard Carrington focused his telescope on Telescopethe Sun and saw a bright flash on the projected image.