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NASA releases first 360-degree view of sun

February 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
NASA released its first 360-degree view of the sun. The high-resolution images were captured using two spacecraftS.

The spacecrafts are aligned exactly opposite each other on opposite sides of the sun. Scientists say the 360-degree view will help them better understand space weather and the violent eruptions that spout from the sun's surface.

The eruptions can damage satellites, disrupt communications and disable power systems on Earth.