NASA launches telescope to gather data on solar nanoflares

11/19/2012 | Space.com

NASA scientists launched a small telescope into space in a six-minute mission to gather data that could help examine the nature of solar nanoflares. The telescope, which is equipped with the Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager that will be used to look at small changes in the weather of the sun, will focus on the sun's active region with big solar flares before studying smaller flares, NASA said. Scientists expect the mission to help them understand the composition of nanoflares and their relation to bigger solar flares.

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