SOHO, the Solar & Heliospheric
Observatory, is a project of international collaboration between ESA
and NASA to study the Sun from its deep core to the outer corona and
the solar wind. The below images are in near real time from the the
for more information.
Image#1 SOHO MDI
(Michelson Doppler Imager) Continuum Latest Image. Shown here is the
continuum near the Ni I 6768 Angstrom line. The most prominent
features are the sunspots. This is very much how the Sun looks like
in the visible range of the spectrum.
Image#2 The magnetogram
image shows the magnetic field in the solar photosphere, with black
and white indicating opposite polarities.
Image#3 Identified sunspots complete
with relative sizes of 10 x Earth diameter, Earth diameter and
Image#4 Images taken at 304 Angstrom
the bright material is at 60,000 to 80,000 degrees Kelvin.
Remember, do not ever look
directly at the Sun!