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10 Feb 2011

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Reverse GEOINT: NASA Releases First 360-Degree View of the Sun

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We all know that being in the GEOINT sector is all about viewing the earth from up above. But, it’s not very often that we get to do “reverse GEOINT” whereby we take a look at things from the Earth’s perspective. That’s right I’m talking about viewing things in space…wait, isn’t that called astronomy? Anyhow, NASA has released the first 360-degree view of the sun (pictured). According to PC Magazine, the image will help with things like space weather prediction and planning for future space missions. The image was captured using two of NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecrafts. In 2006, STEREO was originally launched and it provided the first 3D images of the sun in 2007. Then in In 2009, it unveiled evidence of electro-charged weather on the surface of the sun, which are storms that can disrupt electronics and other vital systems on the earth. Finally, did you know that rather than burning with consistent force, the sun is a body that cycles through phases of high activity and relative calm — meaning it doesn’t burn at that same consistent force? Neither did we. Check out more here and we have some cool video of STEREO in this post. Enjoy.

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