I'm looking forward to seeing this on Monday:
WASHINGTON April 19 (UPI) -- NASA scientists said 3-D images of the sun taken by the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory are expanding our understanding of solar physics.
The images, to be released Monday on the Internet, television and at museums, are also expected to help improve space weather forecasting.
The observatory, called STEREO, is part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Solar Terrestrial Probes program. That 2-year mission involves two nearly identical observatories -- one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind -- that will trace the flow of energy and matter from the sun to Earth.
The observatories are expected to reveal the 3-D structure of coronal mass ejections -- violent eruptions of matter from the sun that can disrupt satellites and power grids -- and help scientists understand why they occur.
NASA said STEREO will become a key addition to the fleet of space weather detection satellites by providing more accurate alerts for the arrival time of Earth-directed solar ejections.