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Nasa’s Stereo spacecraft are beaming back photos from the far side of the sun. The twin spacecraft went into orbit around the sun in 2007, and they are now 180-degrees apart and capable of documenting the entire sun, which scientists hope will improve weather forecasting. (Go here for more information on the mission.) Photo editors can simply rejoice in the spectacle. The image here shows a cloud of gas flaring up on September 29, 2008. David Schonauer