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Artist’s concept of the Hinode spacecraft in orbit around the Earth with an active sun in the background. (Credit: JAXA)

Artist's concept of the Hinode spacecraft in orbit around the Earth with an active sun in the background. (Credit: JAXA)

Artist’s concept of the Hinode spacecraft in orbit around the Earth with an active sun in the background. (Credit: JAXA)

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))