Curse the sun! It burns! It burns!

Some amazing science images released today: The first shows a supernova, as captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. The supernova is located in the constellation Cassiopeia, some 10,000 light years away. The beautiful oranges, greens, reds, and blues each highlight different chemical processes. The link offers the image in different formats and at different resolutions, allowing you to choose how the level of detail at which to view the image. Other amazing Hubble images are available as well.

Closer to home, the SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) project captured an image showing a huge plasma cloud poking out from the surface of the sun. In its description of the cloud [note: this is a volatile link: content will change on July 8], SOHO states that this huge cloud extends at least 30 Earths from the sun’s surface. Think about that for a moment. 30 times the diameter of the Earth….

Have a peek through SOHO’s archives, while you’re there. Scientists can use the Observatory to view light from the Sun’s at varying frequencies, to study different aspects of its behavior. You might recall from high-school science that when the frequency of light changes, its color on the spectrum changes as well. What makes that cool for us is that it provides us images like these:

green sun    blue sun