SDO Finds the Man in the Sun

by Nancy Atkinson on July 26, 2011

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We all know about the Man in the Moon, but the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft has now detected an old man in the Sun, too. He was there, at least back on Dec. 9, 2010 when these images were taken, but has since disappeared. In different wavelengths, at times he appears happy, mischievous or even downright angry.

The movie underscores the fact that images taken at different wavelengths do reveal different features. The different wavelengths are shown in order from the lowest temperature material being imaged to the highest. The images also start at the Sun’s surface and gradually move out to the Sun’s upper corona.

SDO never fails to inform as well as amuse!

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Baris Bicer July 26, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Pareidolia at its fines- OMG HE’S SMILING NOW! :DDD

Fulbert Fulberto July 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Looks like Jimmy Wales from that “Where’s my f-ing money” banner

HeadAroundU July 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Oh look, it’s Ivanman.

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