Cotton Candy Sun
Hint of Red
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission created this magical shot from pairs of high-resolution images of the sun taken about eight hours apart on Dec. 4, 2011. Using imaging software, the scientists turned the results into a 3-D sun. The sun appears rounded and the loops above active regions clearly stand out above the sun's surface (as long as you're wearing 3-D glasses).
Green Sun Series
The next partial solar eclipse Earthlings will be able to see will occur May 20, with views visible from Asia, the Pacific and western North America.