Written by the team of programmers behind NASA's news site Science@NASA, the app compiles data from the STEREO spacecraft monitoring the sun. The STEREO program utilizes two different satellites on either side of the sun, and by combining the two different perspectives, NASA can provide the 3-D image seen in the app.
The image in the app covers about 87 percent of the surface of the sun, and represents UV, not visible light, radiation. The white portions of the image represent the spots, whose magnetic turbulence produces higher levels of UV radiation than more placid areas of the sun's surface.
This is the second app released by NASA, with the first just delivering updates on launches and mission statuses. Already, the Science@NASA team is working on a sunspot 2.0 app that will deliver even higher resolution images of that giant, lovable ball of nuclear fire responsible for keeping all of us alive.
Good, I'll be able to see "The Big One" on my ipod in time to look up and see it annihilate the modern world forever. I'll be like Snake Pliskin at the end of Escape From LA. Welcome to the human race, I'll say as I light up my smoke cooly looking into a pretend camera in front of me. Before of course I run screaming like a little girl from the planes falling out of the sky.
Calm down a little. It took me a second to figure out why you were so mad. It was about the crash in Texas. Well at least that makes sense why you were so mad. But I wrote the comment in the morning, hours before I heard about that. So obviously didn't mean about that but is a coincidence.
Very nice app, that's incredible all the things we wan do with this iphone. It's quite impressive to looke at these sunspots variations.