Image from the new Solar Dynamics Observatory

I haven't been this dumbfoundedly awestruck in a very, very long time; why I've even started making up contractions. NASA has made available some of the first high resolution images and HD videos of the sun taken from the shiny Solar Dynamics Observatory. If you haven't checked it out yet, do it now, unless you're in a place where having your jaw drop to the floor might be embarrassing.

I'm so glad to be alive in this period of time, and deeply humbled at the same time. Galileo could have only dreamed of seeing such images.

A big manhug and thanks to Ken Jones for sharing this story in Google Reader.