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Solar Corona Revealed in Super-High-Definition

20 Jul 2012, 14:19 UTC
Solar Corona Revealed in Super-High-Definition

July 20, 2012: Today, astronomers are releasing the highest-resolution images ever taken of the Sun's corona, or million-degree outer atmosphere, in an extreme-ultraviolet wavelength of light. The 16-megapixel images were captured by NASA's High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, which was launched on a sounding rocket on July 11th. The Hi-C telescope provides five times more detail than the next-best observations by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

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