• Released Thursday, February 6, 2014
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 12:35PM
  • ID: 11448

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NASA's newest solar observatory images the sun in greater detail than ever before.

See some of the first images of the sun taken by IRIS in this video.

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IRIS can view about one percent of the sun at a time and resolve features as small as 150 miles across.

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IRIS has unprecedented resolution of the sun. Above is a portion of the sun as seen by IRIS (right) and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (left).

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The IRIS spacecraft stationed in a cleanroom prior to launch.


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Cover image courtesy of NASA/IRIS
Video courtesy of NASA/GSFC/LMSAL/IRIS
Sun images courtesy of NASA/SDO/IRIS
Spacecraft image courtesy of Lockheed Martin

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