NASA gets 3D look at the sun

A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by SDO on March 30, 2010. False colors trace different gas temperatures. Reds are relatively cool (about 60,000 Kelvin, or 107,540 F); blues and greens are hotter (greater than 1 million Kelvin, or 1,799,540 F). (NASA/Goddard/SDO AIA Team)

February 8, 2011 2:11:51 PM PST
NASA is giving us a new look at the sun in 3D.

NASA scientists say the new image allows them to the whole sun at the same time. They say it shows the sun's true form -- a sphere of hot plasma and intricately-woven magnetic fields.

Researchers say the new images will make it possible to learn more about the sun's cycles, solar physics and space weather forecasting. That information can help airlines, power companies and satellite operators deal with the effects of solar flares and other solar issues.