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Jun 28, 2013 10:23 AM by Stephen Bowers

NASA launches sun gazing equipment

Researchers with NASA have launched a spacecraft to help monitor activity on the sun, and better understand how our star generates so much energy. 

The spacecraft, called IRIS, will point a telescope toward the sun and look specifically at the region of the sun between its surface and its outer atmosphere, called the corona. In this region temperatures range from about 6,000 degrees to millions of degrees.

NASA says IRIS will look at about one percent of the sun and will be capable of seeing features as small as 150 miles across. Researchers will be focused on how matter and energy are converted with the sun.

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