Solstice Splendor 2014

Sunrise and sunset on the solstice. To the east, the sun breaks a new day above the sharp peaks of the young Alps. To the west, the day comes to its end as the sun sets behind the gentle slopes of the ancient Jura range. Welcome, splendid Winter.

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Sunspot Window

Besides being the sole source of warmth here on the third planet in its orbit, the Sun displays surface activity that is beautiful as well as relevant. These images from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) were taken and processed with a number of techniques that highlight sunspot phases. Sunspots are temporary areas of high magnetic…

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