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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-23 Mars InSight
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NASA's InSight lander took this final selfie on April 24, 2022. The lander is covered with far more dust than it was in its first selfie, taken in December 2018, or in its second selfie, taken in March and April of 2019.
PIA25287:
InSight's Final Selfie
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-05-27 Mars Mars Helicopter
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Video from the navigation camera aboard NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter shows its record-breaking 25th flight on April 18, 2022.
PIA25321:
Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's Record-Breaking Flight
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-09-30 Mars Mars Helicopter
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During the 33rd flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a small piece of foreign object debris can be seen attached to one of the rotorcraft's landing legs before falling away to the surface. There's no indication of damage to the helicopter.
PIA25331:
Navigation Camera Imagery of Ingenuity's Flight 33
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-10-27 Mars InSight
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This video includes a seismogram and sonification of the signals recorded by NASA's InSight Mars lander, which detected a giant meteoroid strike on Dec. 24, 2021, the 1,094th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
PIA25582:
NASA's InSight Records the Sound of a Martian Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-03 Mars Mars 2020 Rover
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These images show changes in the dust accumulation over the course of four days on the rim of the collection tube containing Perseverance's 14th sample. The images were acquired by the rover's Sampling and Caching System Camera, or CacheCam.
PIA25337:
CacheCam Image of Perseverance's 14th Sample of Martian Rock
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-11 Eagle Nebula Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
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The dusty face of the Eagle Nebula and its surroundings are revealed in this image based on data from NASA's Wide Field Survey Explorer (WISE).
PIA25433:
The Eagle Nebula Observed by WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-11-14 Earth Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)
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This animation, created in 2012, shows the increasing clarity and detail of measurements of sea height made by successive satellite altimeters launched by NASA and other agencies over the past four decades.
PIA25561:
SWOT Satellite will Improve Clarity and Detail of Sea Height Measurements
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-10-22 Earth Terra
ASTER
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NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this anaglyph image of Mt. St. Helens volcano in the Cascade Range of southwestern Washington; it erupted on 18 May 1980. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA11160:
Mt. St. Helens Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-10-22 Earth Terra
ASTER
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The nearly perfectly conical profile of Fuji, Japans highest mountain, soars 3,776 meters (12,388 feet) above sea level on southern Honshu, near Tokyo. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
PIA11166:
Mt. Fuji, Japan Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-29 Earth Terra
ASTER
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Data from JPL's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer instrument on NASA's Terra satellite provides views of the L.A. Basin, San Francisco Bay and more.
PIA12094:
Cruising Over California Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-06-29 Earth Terra
ASTER
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Data from JPL's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer instrument on NASA's Terra satellite provides views of the L.A. Basin, including Dodger Stadium, the L.A.X. airport and JPL.
PIA12095:
Cruising Over Los Angeles Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-17 Earth Terra
ASTER
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Sometimes called 'The Gathering Place,' Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. This image was captured by NASA's Terra spacecraft. A flyover was created by draping ASTER image data acquired January 13, 2010.
PIA14898:
NASA Flyover of Oahu, Hawaii Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-06 Earth Terra
ASTER
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This frame is from a visualization of the rapid advance of the Esperanza Fire over the San Jacinto Mountains (Riverside County, CA) between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM on October 26, 2006.
PIA13200:
Esperanza Wildfire Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-01 Earth Terra
ASTER
InSAR
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This still from an animation shows, in exaggerated terms, how the surface of the southern Central Valley of California deformed from the period 2007 to 2011.
PIA16293:
InSAR Measurements of Subsidence in California's Central Valley (June 2007--December 2010) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-18 Earth Jason-1
Altimeter
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This image from NASA's Jason-1 is a global map of sea surface height of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The image represents data collected and composited over a 10-day period, ending on Nov. 3, 2003.
PIA04878:
A Mostly Quiet Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-27 Earth Jason-1
OSTM/Jason-2
Altimeter
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Created with altimeter data from NASA's Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite and the Jason-1 satellite, this image shows a portion of the Gulf Stream off the east coast of the United States.
PIA11997:
OSTM/Jason-2 and Jason-1 Tandem Mission View of the Gulf Stream Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-19 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
Altimeter
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In this side-by-side visualization, Pacific Ocean sea surface height anomalies during the 1997-98 El Niño (left) are compared with 2015 Pacific conditions (right).
PIA20009:
NASA Studying 2015 El Niņo Event as Never Before Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-12 Asteroid Arecibo Observatory
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Bi-static radar images of the binary asteroid 2017 YE5 from the Arecibo Observatory and the Green Bank Observatory on June 25. The observations show that the asteroid consists of two separate objects in orbit around each other.
PIA22559:
Bi-static Radar Images of the Binary Asteroid 2017 YE5 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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For much of this week the sun featured three substantial coronal holes observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory April 3-6, 2018. These are areas of open magnetic field from which high speed solar wind rushes out into space.
PIA22414:
Three Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Two good-sized coronal holes have rotated around to the center of the sun where they will be spewing solar wind towards Earth were observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 8-9, 2016.
PIA16909:
Earth-Facing Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Sparked by a medium-sized (C-class) flare, a long, magnetic filament burst out from the Sun, producing one of the best shows that SDO has seen (Aug. 31, 2012).
PIA18167:
Magnificent Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Each day NASA solar scientists produce overlays (in white lines) that show how magnetic field lines above the sun are configured (June 16, 2016). The lines are tightly bundled near the lighter-toned active regions, which are magnetically intense regions.
PIA20881:
Magnetic Field Illuminated
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a large group of sunspots that rotated across the Sun over six days (Aug. 21-26, 2015).
PIA19876:
Big Sunspot Group Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a single plume of plasma, many times taller than the diameter of Earth, spewing streams of particles for over two days (Aug. 17-19, 2015) before breaking apart.
PIA19875:
Eiffel Tower Plume Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-08-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows magnetically charged particles forming a nicely symmetrical arch at the edge of the Sun as they followed the magnetic field lines of an active region (Aug.4-5, 2015).
PIA19874:
A Golden Arch Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows dark strands of plasma hovering above the Sun's surface beginning to interact with each other in a form of tug of war over two and a half days (June 28-30, 2015).
PIA18210:
Plasma Push and Pull Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A pair of substantial coronal holes were the most notable features on the Sun over the week of Mar. 28 - Apr. 2, 2015. The images were taken in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light by NASA GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA17915:
Two Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A small, but complex mass of plasma gyrated and spun about over the course of 40 hours above the surface of the Sun taken by NASA's GSFC Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sept. 1-3, 2015.
PIA19878:
Tangled up in Blue Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-13 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 13, 2015, as NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, kept up its constant watch on the sun. Just as the moon came into SDO's field of view on a path to cross the sun, Earth entered the picture, blocking SDO's view completely.
PIA19949:
SDO Transit, September 2015 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-09-10 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Three substantial coronal holes rotated across the face of the Sun the week of Sept. 8-10, 2015 as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. Coronal holes are areas where the Sun's magnetic field is open and a source of streaming solar wind.
PIA19950:
A Triumvirate: Three Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-13 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A mass of plasma gathered itself into a twisting mass, spun around for a bit, then rose up and broke apart over a 10-hour period (Oct. 13, 2015) as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20008:
Hefty Prominence Eruption Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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As a pair of active regions began to rotate into view, their towering magnetic field lines above them bloomed into a dazzling display of twisting arches (Oct. 27-28, 2015) in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20048:
Active Regions Blossoming Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This side-by-side rendering of the Sun at the same time in two different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light helps to visualize the differing features visible in each wavelength (Dec. 10-11, 2015). This image is from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory
PIA20214:
Comparing Wavelengths Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The magnetic field lines of three active regions in close proximity to one another interacted with each other over two and a half days (Feb. 8-10, 2016). This image is from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20474:
Solar Triumvirate Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-03-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long coronal hole has rotated so that was temporarily facing right towards Earth (Mar. 23-25, 2016). Coronal holes appear dark when viewed in some wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA19178:
Elongated Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-04-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This still image from an animation from NASA's GSFC's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows arches of magnetic field lines towered over the edge of the Sun as a pair of active regions began to rotate into view (Apr. 5-6, 2016).
PIA20604:
Towering Arches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 9, 2016, Mercury passed directly between the Sun and Earth, making a transit of the Sun. Mercury transits happen about 13 times each century. NASA's SDO studies the Sun 24/7 and captured the eight-hour event.
PIA14729:
Mercury Transit Across the Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A substantial coronal hole had rotated so that it temporarily faced right towards Earth (May, 17-19, 2016). This coronal hole area is the dark area at the top center of this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA15379:
Coronal Hole Front and Center Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A close-up of twisting plasma above the Sun's surface produced a nice display of turbulence by caused combative magnetic forces (June 7-8, 2016) over a day and a half as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA20739:
Twisting Plasma Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-06-27 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Several arcing loops rotated into view and swirled above an active region, which gave us a nice profile view of the action from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 26-27, 2016.
PIA20882:
Bright Arcing Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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One active region at the edge of the Sun pushed out about ten thrusts of plasma in just over a day long period as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on July 9-10, 2016.
PIA20883:
Weak Thrusts Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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One broad active region sported a wonderful example of coiled magnetic field lines over almost a four-day period observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory during July 15-18, 2016.
PIA17911:
Magnetic Coiling Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-07-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The Sun produced three M-class (medium-sized) flares in less than 13 hours and the third one had an interesting flourish at the end (July 22-23, 2016). These were the largest flares the Sun had produced this year as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observato
PIA17912:
Solar Flares with some Flair Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-13 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Strands and arches of plasma streamed above the edge of the Sun for over a day, pulled by powerful magnetic forces Aug. 11-12, 2016., observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA17913:
Playing Along the Edge Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an elongated coronal hole rotated across the face of the sun this past week so that it is now streaming solar wind towards Earth (Jan. 2-5, 2017).
PIA14093:
Lengthy Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-08-25 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Several times a day for a few days this week the Earth completely blocked the Sun for about an hour due to NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory orbital path (Aug. 25, 2016).
PIA21027:
Eclipse Season for SDO Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) saw both the Moon (upper right) and the Earth (upper left) partially block the sun (Sept. 1, 2016 at 7:33 UT). Just before this image was taken, the Earth totally blocked the sun for a while.
PIA21028:
Double Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 12-14,2016 NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted a series of active regions stretched along the right side of the sun exhibited a wide variety of loops cascading above them. Earth quickly passed in front of a portion of the sun.
PIA16997:
Varietal Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-21 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Sept. 18-21,2016 NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted a dark coronal hole that was facing towards Earth for several days spewing streams of solar wind in our direction.
PIA21067:
Earth-Directed Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-09-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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When an active region rotated into a profile view, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was able to capture the magnificent loops arching above an active region (Sept. 28-29, 2016). The Earth was inset to give a sense of the scale of these towering arches.
PIA21101:
Magnetic Field Arches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A prominence observed along the right edge of the sun rose up and then most of it bent back down to the surface, as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Oct. 4, 2016.
PIA21106:
Bendable Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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An active region, just rotating into view on Oct. 4, 2016, gave NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory a perfect view of the tussle of magnetic field lines above it.
PIA21109:
Agitated Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-21 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spies a pair of large coronal holes which rotated into view over the past few days (Oct. 20-21, 2016).
PIA15378:
Substantial Coronal Holes Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-27 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory compares very large coronal holes taken Oct. 27, 2016. Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic field that carry solar wind out into space, currently causing a lot of geomagnetic activity here on Earth.
PIA15377:
Wavelength Comparison
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A minor solar eruption triggered a crackling, white flash that sent an expanding wave of plasma below it over about six hours in this observation from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Nov. 4, 2016.
PIA21202:
Small Surf Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-11-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spied the sun as it was hitting its lowest level of solar activity since 2011 (Nov. 14-18, 2016) while gradually marching toward solar minimum.
PIA21207:
Almost Spotless Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spied a substantial coronal hole begin to rotate into view over Dec. 1-2, 2016. Coronal holes are magnetically open areas of the sun's magnetic field structure that spew streams of high speed solar wind into space.
PIA21208:
Coronal Hole Coming Around Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-12-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the sun produced swirling prominence activity of both its side, one after the other, over two days (Dec. 7-8, 2016).
PIA15301:
Both Sides Now Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took this close-up view of one day in the life of a rather small active region shows the agitation and dynamism of its magnetic field (Dec. 21, 2016).
PIA15032:
Jumpy Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured magnetic arcs of plasma that spiraled above two active regions held their shape fairly well over 18 hours on Jan. 11-12, 2017.
PIA12327:
Organized Arches Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Jan. 20, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a small area of the sun highlighted three active region. Over half a day this active region sent dark swirls of plasma and bright magnetic arches twisting and turning above it.
PIA11703:
Gyrating Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On Jan. 23-24, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory watched as a solar prominence rose up along the edge of the sun and twisted and churned for about two days before falling apart. The dynamic action was generated by competing magnetic forces.
PIA11237:
Churning Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Between Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory saw a substantial coronal hole rotating across the face of the sun this past week and is again streaming solar wind towards Earth.
PIA11177:
Returning Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-21 Sol (our sun) SDO
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Several times a day for a few days the Earth completely blocked the Sun for about an hour due to NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory's orbital path (Feb. 15, 2017).
PIA21461:
Earth Eclipses the Sun Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-02-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a solar prominence gathering itself into a twisting cone, then rose up and broke apart in a delicate dance of plasma above the sun on Feb. 20, 2017.
PIA21552:
Delicate Ballet Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Several small sunspots appeared this week, giving NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory a chance to illustrate their sources (Mar. 2, 2017). Magnetic forces are the dynamic drivers here in these regions of the sun.
PIA21557:
Sorting through Layers Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
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When an active region rotated over to the edge of the sun, it presented NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with a nice profile view of its elongated loops stretching and swaying above it (Mar. 8-9, 2017).
PIA21562:
Stretched Loops Animation Icon
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The sun has been virtually spotless, as in no sunspots, over the past 11 days, a spotless stretch that we have not seen since the last solar minimum many years ago. From NASA's SDO Mar. 14-17, 2017.
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees the sun has been virtually spotless, as in no sunspots, a 11-day spotless stretch not seen since the last solar minimum many years ago.
PIA21582:
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As an active region rotated into view, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was able to observe well-defined magnetic loops gyrating above the sun between Mar, 23-24, 2017.
PIA21583:
Dynamic Loops in Profile Animation Icon
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An active region at the sun's edge produced several M5-class (medium sized) flares over a ten-hour period on Apr. 3, 2017, as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA21584:
Flares in Profile Animation Icon
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A dark, elongated filament rose up and broke to the lower left and out from the sun seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, Apr.9-10, 2017. Filaments are cooler clouds of plasma tethered above the sun's surface by magnetic forces.
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Filament Breakaway Animation Icon
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Strands of plasma at the sun's edge shifted and twisted back and forth over a 22-hour period, May 2-3, 2017. In this close-up from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, the strands are being manipulated by strong magnetic forces associated with active region
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Shifting Plasma Animation Icon
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At the edge of the sun, a large prominence and a small prominence began to shift, turn and fall apart in less than one day, observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, May 8-9, 2017.
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spots several bright bands of plasma connect from one active region to another, even though they are tens of thousands of miles away from each other (May 17-18, 2017).
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Active Regions' Magnetic Connection Animation Icon
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observes a solar prominence at the sun's edge putting on quite a display of plasma being pushed and pulled by unstable magnetic fields (May 22-24, 2017).
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Hedgerow Prominence Animation Icon
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a pair of relatively small (but frenetic) active regions rotated into view, spouting off numerous small flares and sweeping loops of plasma (May 31-June 2, 2017).
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Energized Active Regions Animation Icon
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory sees several short stalks of cooler, darker plasma spun and twisted as they interacted with each other at the sun's edge, June 14-15, 2017.
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a smallish solar filament looks like it collapsed into the sun and set off a minor eruption that hurled plasma into space on June 20, 2017.
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A prominence at the edge of the sun provided NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with a splendid view of solar plasma as it churned and streamed over less than one day (June 25-26, 2017).
PIA21768:
Streaming Prominence Animation Icon
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A prominence at the edge of the sun provided NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with a splendid view of solar plasma as it churned and streamed over less than one day (June 25-26, 2017).
PIA21783:
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a medium-sized flare, lasting almost two hours, and a coronal mass ejection erupting from the same, large active region on July 14, 2017.
PIA21836:
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed numerous arches of magnetic field lines dancing and swaying above a large active region over about a 30-hour period July 17-18, 2017.
PIA21838:
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a sheet of plasma blasted out into space from just behind the edge of the sun on July 28, 2017.
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large sunspot (called AR2665) that rotated out of view about two weeks ago has returned on Aug. 1-2, 2017.
PIA21873:
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a substantial coronal hole rotated into a position where it is facing Earth on Aug. 9-11, 2017.
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a partial eclipse that at its peak covered only about 14 per cent of the sun on Aug. 21, 2017.
PIA21929:
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large coronal hole has been spewing solar wind particles in the general direction of Earth over the past few days (Aug. 31- Sept. 1, 2017).
PIA21942:
Extensive Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a large sunspot, source of a powerful solar flare (an X 9.3) and a coronal mass ejection (Sept. 6, 2017). The flare was the largest solar flare of the last decade.
PIA21949:
Major Solar Flare Animation Icon
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On Sept. 10, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, observed the Sun erupting with an X8 solar flare, one of the largest of the current solar cycle.
PIA21958:
Major Solar Flare Animation Icon
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, observed three distinct active regions with towering arches above them rotated into view over a three-day period (Sept. 24-26, 2017). To give some sense of scale, the largest arches rose up many times the size of Earth.
PIA22038:
Trio of Tempests Animation Icon
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a pair of active regions (the brighter areas) move and change as they rotate with the sun over just a 17-hour period (Oct. 4-5, 2017).
PIA22039:
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a dark structure, shaped kind of like the Pi symbol, spreading across much of the top of the sun this week (Oct. 12-13, 2017).
PIA22047:
Sprawling Coronal Hole
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small eruption on Oct. 18, 2017. The source of the blast was just out of sight beyond the edge of the sun.
PIA22050:
Quick Solar Outburst Animation Icon
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured these images showing the sun from its surface to its upper atmosphere in order of temperature, all taken at about the same time on Oct. 27, 2017.
PIA22055:
From Hot to Hottest Animation Icon
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory came across an oddity this week that the spacecraft has rarely observed before: a dark filament encircling an active region on Oct. 29-31, 2017.
PIA22104:
Rare Encircling Filament Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a broad coronal hole, the dominant feature this week on the sun on Nov. 7-9, 2017. It was easily recognizable as the dark expanse across the top of the sun and extending down in each side.
PIA22113:
Coronal Hole All Spread Out Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a developing filament near the edge of the sun churned and twisted as the rotating sun brought it into clearer view over a day on Nov. 16-17, 2017.
PIA22120:
Churning Filament Animation Icon
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This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a prominence at the sun's edge shifted and slithered back and forth over a one-day period on Nov. 29-30, 2017.
PIA22123:
Slithering Prominence Animation Icon
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence, slowly rising further up above the sun, then fell apart and back into the sun over about seven hours (Dec. 6, 2017).
PIA22195:
Prominence Falls Apart Animation Icon
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