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Epsilon Aurigae was first given serious, systematic, scientific scrutiny in 1821. Early modern astronomers correctly classified it as an eclipsing binary variable star, with an invisible partner that will periodically dim the light as it eclipses the main star from the perspective of Earth. This happens every 27 years, and Epsilon Aurigae's apparent brightness drops for a period of more than a year.
NASA's New Eye on the Sun Delivers Stunning First Images View related briefing materials here . NASA's recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is returning early images that confirm an unprecedented new capability for scientists to better understand our sun’s dynamic processes. These solar activities affect everything on Earth. Some of the images from the spacecraft show never-before-seen detail of material streaming outward and away from sunspots.