Saturday, January 19, 2013

Amazing NASA Sun Photos Outshine Ultra HDTVs

by Miriam Kramer, Staff Writer

Date: 18 January 2013 Time: 03:39 PM ET
SDO Sun Photo
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory takes photos that are so high-resolution that not even the most advanced Ultra-HD TVs have the definition to display them in full resolution.

A NASA spacecraft that constantly stares at the sun for signs of solar storms snaps images and videos so detailed that even the latest ultra-high-definition televisions can't keep up.

The spacecraft, called the Solar Dynamics Observatory, is responsible for some of the most amazing photos of solar flares and other sun weather events. Its instruments record images at a whopping resolution of 4,096 by 4,096 pixels, more than four times the resolution an average HD television.

SDO sun images are even recorded in higher definition than the newly released "Ultra-HD TV" machines unveiled at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Showcase earlier this month. While Ultra-HD TVs have about four times the resolution of an average HD TV, the SDO photos are still twice as large as an Ultra-HD screen, NASA officials said in a statement.

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