Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First View of the Dark Side of the Sun

By Clara Moskowitz EmailJanuary 26, 2009 | 1:30:48 PMCategories: Astronomy, Space

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Soon we may get the first ever glimpse of the dark side of the sun.

Well, no, there's no actual dark side of a luminous ball of burning gas, but there is an effective dark side, as in, the side of the sun we can't see at any given time.

Scientists aren't content to get just half of the picture, so they've launched the STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories) mission, a pair of NASA spacecraft that will orbit the sun simultaneously to provide a complete view of all sides of the star at once.

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