Damn, Sun!
June 12, 2006 3:12 PM   Subscribe

TRACE - The Transition Region and Coronal Explorer, a solar telescope satellite. Launched in 1998, it has since taken millions of pictures of the sun and its many spots, prominences, and filaments. There are thousands of amazing images for you to browse, some with extensive explanations. There are movies as well, strange and beautiful. And don't be ignant, get your sun facts straight!
posted by BlackLeotardFront (9 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Really, really worth taking some time with.
I found me a new desktop!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 3:14 PM on June 12, 2006

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:26 PM on June 12, 2006

Very cool links...thanks!
posted by UseyurBrain at 7:30 PM on June 12, 2006

bombed. oh well, their loss! :)
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:36 PM on June 13, 2006

Wow - don't know why this one didn't get more comments than it did... some great links, and a well put-together fpp... perhaps not enough snarking? Too many links? Not enough Pepsi blue? No newsfilter link?

Just when you think you've got the hive mind sussed out... :)
posted by Chunder at 6:18 AM on June 14, 2006

I missed this when it was posted on Monday, and only found it because I was searching in preparation for posting it myself. Great site. Here is my new wallpaper.
posted by ND¢ at 10:50 AM on June 14, 2006

Sometimes the best posts get the least comments for the simple reason that iterations of "Awesome!" can get tiresome to write and read, perhaps?

That said: Awesome. Great post.
posted by jokeefe at 9:46 AM on June 16, 2006

How can that thing not be about to explode?
posted by jamjam at 2:36 PM on June 16, 2006

There's no point in worrying about global warming because it's going to happen anyway!

At point D, approximately one and a half billion years later, the surface of the Sun will be 3.3 times the size it is now and have a temperature of about 4300 degrees. The temperature on Earth will increase by 100 degrees, causing all the seas to evaporate and destroying life on Earth as we know it. Within another 250 million years, the Sun will grow 100 times larger than it is now and 500 times more luminous.

Thanks a lot, sun!!
posted by overanxious ducksqueezer at 3:02 PM on June 16, 2006

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