The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a stunning digital photo of the night skies on Wednesday, showing what’s happening in the skies over our planet during the next several weeks.
The image, titled “The Sun in the Sky,” shows the stars, planets and galaxies of our galaxy, and is taken at a wavelength of 300 nanometers (nm).
The wavelengths of visible light are between 500 and 700 nm, so it is about 100 times brighter than the visible light we can see from Earth.
It’s an image that many scientists have been calling “the new cosmic camera,” because the new image shows so much of the sky from the ground, and it was created by a camera placed on top of the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Hubble Space telescope, a massive satellite, is set to launch in 2020.
The new image was made by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which was launched in 2009.
The image was released at the American Astronomical Society’s meeting in Baltimore.
“This is a picture of our home star, and its the Sun in a completely different place than what we’ve ever seen before,” said Sean O’Brien, NASA’s principal investigator for the SDO.
“It’s the same type of color, the same resolution, the exact same brightness.
You can see the faint light of the planets, but you don’t see the planets at all.”
O’Brien and his colleagues were using the newly released image to make their case for a new class of telescopes called “ultraviolet-band spectroscopy,” which is a technique that allows scientists to measure the properties of light emitted from the Sun.
That new capability has the potential to dramatically improve our ability to understand the sun, and help us understand how it’s formed, O’Briens said.
It also has the advantage of providing a better view of the galaxy.
“When you’re watching the night from space, you see the stars and planets in the evening sky, but the night is dark and there are only stars in the sky,” O’Brian said.
“With this new optical telescope, you can actually look through the night, and you can see some of the star clusters that are only visible in the daytime.”
The image was created using data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys, which is part of NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WAISE) mission.
WAISE, which was the first spacecraft to observe the entire sky in infrared light, is scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2018.
It is the largest spacecraft ever launched by NASA.
O’Brian is confident that the technology will become available for other spacecraft in the future, and that he will be able to use the new capability for imaging of other celestial bodies.
“The solar photosphere is really the only region where you can really observe stars in that wavelength, and then you can look at the stars in a wide spectral band,” he said.
He added that the telescope is also capable of imaging distant objects, including asteroids, comets and the Moon.
“This is just the beginning,” O’tarney said.
We are very excited about what’s going on with this.
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Original article on Space.com.