<p>With the sun as their backdrop, NASA scientists used special imaging techniques to reveal a T-38C jet’s sonic boom. The splotches on the sun, shown in purple, are sunspots—cooler, more magnetically active patches of its surface.</p>

Glare and Blare

With the sun as their backdrop, NASA scientists used special imaging techniques to reveal a T-38C jet’s sonic boom. The splotches on the sun, shown in purple, are sunspots—cooler, more magnetically active patches of its surface.

Photograph by NASA

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