Updated 23 April 2007
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GREENBELT, Md. NASA will hold a press conference on Monday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to unveil new 3-D images of the sun from the agency's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO).
For the first time, scientists will be able to see structures in the Sun's atmosphere in three dimensions. The new view will improve space weather forecasting and greatly aid scientist's ability to understand solar physics.
The two nearly identical observatories - one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind - will trace the flow of energy and matter from the Sun to Earth. They will 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 us understand why they happen.
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 with its unique side-viewing perspective.
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