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Gallery: Dramatic images of our nearest star

NASA has compiled an exhibition of the colourful and intriguing images captured by its Solar Dynamics Observatory.

NASA HAS COMPILED a new art exhibition comprises of dramatic images its Solar Dynamics Observatory captured of the sun and of solar activity.

Most of the images in the exhibition were captured in extreme UV light, allowing for colourful representations of solar flares and coronal mass ejection. Some are displayed without any manipulation of the original, while the colour tables on other have been altered or had other images superimposed for scale.

Check out some of the images in the ‘Sun as Art’ exhibition:

Gallery: Dramatic images of our nearest star
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    NASA says that this image of an erupting active region on the sun combines three colour-coded wavelengths of UV light. (NASA/the Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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    Solar particles are captured spiralling along magnetic field lines. (NASA/the Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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    A large coronal mass ejection recorded in January 2002. The blue ultraviolent image of the sun was superimposed over the image of the particle blast for scale. (NASA/the Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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    NASA says that several active regions viewed in extreme UV light have coincidentally formed a face without any re-arranging of the image. (NASA/the Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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    Looping magnetic fields on the sun's surface. (NASA/the Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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    Huge clouds of (relatively) cool plasma suspended from the sun's surface. (NASA/the Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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    A close-up of an active solar region shown through extreme UV light. (NASA/the Solar Dynamics Observatory)
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    A coronal mass ejection viewed in extreme UV light. (NASA/the Solar Dynamics Observatory)

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