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New Way of Looking at the Sun': See It in 'Extreme Ultraviolet Light' to Show Solar Plasma


"our sun like you have never seen it before"

Here is one of NASA's latest videos of the surface of the sun -- but it's not just any video showing coronal mass ejections. This video was shot using a specific "extreme ultraviolet light" to best showcase the plasma in the sun's atmosphere, also known as the corona.

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The corona reaches 600,000 Kelvin. In case you have forgotten sophomore chemistry, 273.16K is equivalent to 32.02 degrees F. To figure out the equivalent of Kelvins to degrees Fahrenheit an you multiply Kelvins by (9/5) and then subtract 459. The temperature of the corona is 1,079,540.33 degrees F.

Check out the video, which Gizmodo describes as "our sun like you have never seen it before:"

According to NASA's description, "there is no scientific value" to the image processing that was used to enhance the structures in this video, but "it does result in a beautiful, new way of looking at the sun."

In the video, the loops you see are plasma "held in place by magnetic fields," according to NASA. In visible light, these are considered sunspots.

The images in this video were of the sun's activity on Sept. 25, 2011.

This story has been updated for clarification. 

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