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Home Sunspot image from December 6th, 2006. The left image was taken by the SOlar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which was one of the first tools to monitor the sun from space, launched in 1995. The right image from Hinode’s Solar Optical Telescope shows its high resolution. (Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO (left) and JAXA/NASA/Hinode (right)) Sunspot image from December 6th, 2006. The left image was taken by the SOlar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which was one of the first tools to monitor the sun from space, launched in 1995. The right image from Hinode's Solar Optical Telescope shows its high resolution. (Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO (left) and JAXA/NASA/Hinode (right))

Sunspot image from December 6th, 2006. The left image was taken by the SOlar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which was one of the first tools to monitor the sun from space, launched in 1995. The right image from Hinode’s Solar Optical Telescope shows its high resolution. (Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO (left) and JAXA/NASA/Hinode (right))

Sunspot image from December 6th, 2006. The left image was taken by the SOlar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which was one of the first tools to monitor the sun from space, launched in 1995. The right image from Hinode's Solar Optical Telescope shows its high resolution. (Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO (left) and JAXA/NASA/Hinode (right))

Sunspot image from December 6th, 2006. The left image was taken by the SOlar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), which was one of the first tools to monitor the sun from space, launched in 1995. The right image from Hinode’s Solar Optical Telescope shows its high resolution. (Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO (left) and JAXA/NASA/Hinode (right))

Vivid orange streamers of super-hot, electrically charged gas (plasma) arc from the surface of the Sun, revealing the structure of the solar magnetic field rising vertically from a sunspot. This extremely detailed image of the Sun was taken by Hinode’s Solar Optical Telescope on November 20th, 2006 and showed that the Sun’s magnetic field was much more turbulent and dynamic than previously known. (Credit: Hinode, JAXA/NASA)
Artist’s concept of the Hinode spacecraft in orbit around the Earth with an active sun in the background. (Credit: JAXA)