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The stunning photographs in this media gallery were captured by satellites that orbit the Sun, taking images of its surface and atmosphere using different wavelengths of light that illuminate different solar features and activity. Specialized instruments in the telescopes of the European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) collect light in wavelengths that the human eye cannot see. They then convert the information into colorized images that give scientists detailed information about sunspots, solar flares, and other solar processes.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.