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NASA Unveils First Images From New Solar Satellite


A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO, 30 Mar 2010

A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO, 30 Mar 2010

The U.S. space agency NASA has displayed the first images from a new satellite that studies the sun.

Researchers released the images and short video clips Wednesday in Washington.

Scientists say they have already learned new things from the Solar Dynamics Observatory but they have yet to release any findings.

The satellite was launched February 11.

NASA says the new images show never-before-seen details of material streaming outward and away from sunspots.

The new satellite is sending back images that have 10 times better resolution than high-definition television.

The satellite will also examine the sun's magnetic field and study the role the sun plays in Earth's atmosphere and climate.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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