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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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:
New Lone Sunspot Group Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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:
Bastille Day Solar Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-07-25 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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:
Kinked Loop Stretching Between Two Active Regions Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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.
PIA21866:
Sheet of Plasma Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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:
Old Sunspot Returns Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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.
PIA21874:
Coronal Hole Faces Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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:
SDO Saw Only a Partial Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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:
Dynamic Duo Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-10-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-11-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A small prominence observed in profile arched up and sent streams of plasma curling back into the sun over a 30-hour period on Dec. 13-14, 2017 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA22196:
Curling Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-12-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an elongated coronal hole (the darker area near the center) seeming to shape itself into a single, recognizable question mark over the period of one day (Dec. 21-22, 2017).
PIA22197:
The Sun Forms a Question Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence rose up above the sun, appeared to twist around for several hours, and then began to send some streams of plasma back into the sun (Jan. 3-4, 2018).
PIA22198:
Small Twisting Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a prominence rising up above the sun, sending an arch of plasma to link up magnetically with an active region over a one-day period (Jan, 9-10, 2017).
PIA22199:
Reversing Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-01-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small coronal mass ejection that was also associated with a small flare on Jan. 22, 2018.
PIA22184:
Small Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed no sunspots for almost two weeks (as of Feb. 1, 2018) and just has a single, tiny one that appeared on Jan. 31, 2018.
PIA22242:
Spotless Days Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the sun's only visible active region as it sputtered and spurted and eventually unleashed a small (C-class) flare on Feb. 7, 2018.
PIA22244:
One Small Flare Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-02-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On the 8th anniversary of its launch in 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a total solar eclipse on Feb. 11, 2018 when Earth crossed in front of the sun. It lasted just 31 minutes.
PIA22259:
SDO's Version of an Eclipse
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A relatively small active region erupted twice in 18 hours on Mar. 2, 2018, as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. After each burst, one can see the magnetic fields lines, which appear as bright coils, spiraling around the region.
PIA22260:
Small Bursts
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-03-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic fields from which solar wind rushes out into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed this long coronal hole that stretched out across more than half the diameter of the sun (Mar. 13-15, 2018).
PIA22345:
Elongated Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory ran together three sequences of the sun taken in three different extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to show how different features appearing in one sequence are difficult to see in the others (Mar. 20-21, 2018).
PIA22360:
Wavelength Comparisons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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With no active regions currently on the face of the sun, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a bristling active region showing numerous arches of bright, magnetic field lines blossoming out and towering above it beginning to rotate into view.
PIA22411:
Wavelength Comparisons Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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The sun featured just one, rather small active region over the past few days, but it developed rapidly and sported a lot of magnetic activity in just one day (Apr. 11-12, 2018) as observed by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA06676:
Small but Dynamic Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-04-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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A good-sized active region with bright, towering arches began to rotate into NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory's view (Apr. 18-19, 2018).
PIA22430:
Active Region Coming Around the Bend Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a lone active region visible on the sun putting on a fine display with its tangled magnetic field lines swaying and twisting above it (Apr. 24-26, 2018) in a wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22449:
Tangled Up in Blue Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an extensive equatorial, dark coronal hole extending about halfway across the solar disk on May 2-4, 2018.
PIA00624:
Coronal Hole Facing Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 2-4, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an extensive equatorial coronal hole has rotated so that it is now facing Earth. The dark coronal hole extends about halfway across the solar disk.
PIA00577:
Coronal Hole Facing Earth Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-22 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 16-18, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a good-sized coronal hole come around to where it is just about faced Earth. Coronal holes are areas of open magnetic field from which solar wind (charged particles) streams into space.
PIA00575:
Coronal Hole Rotating Towards Us Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-05-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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On May 23-25, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an active region that rotated into view and sputtered with numerous small flares and towering magnetic field lines that stretched out many times the diameter of Earth.
PIA22461:
New Active Region Sputtering with Small Flares Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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This close-up from a video clip taken May 30-June 1, 2018 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a large active region in extreme ultraviolet light as the bright magnetic field lines above it shift and twist.
PIA22475:
Dynamic Looping Action Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed giant, bright coronal loops trace out the magnetic field lines above an active region from June 4-6, 2018.
PIA22508:
Ballet of Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-06-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed a small prominence hovered above the sun's surface over a two-day period June 12-14, 2018, before breaking off into space.
PIA22537:
Evolving Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed an active region on June 19th, quickly growing in size over two days June 20-22, 2018. Active regions are areas of enhanced magnetic activity on the Sun's surface, generating the huge loops and dynamic surges.
PIA22582:
Rambunctious Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed this profile perspective of an active region revealed above it June 24-25, 2018. Charged particles spinning along these field lines are illuminated in this wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22589:
Festoons of Loops Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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Over a three-week period July 3-24, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observed the Sun produced just one small, short-lived sunspot -- an almost spotless record.
PIA22646:
An Almost Spotless Record Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observes two relatively small prominences above the Sun's surface twisted and streamed charged particles over a 20-hour period July 30-31, 2018.
PIA22661:
Twisting Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory scientists use their computer models to generate a view of the sun's magnetic field. An extreme ultraviolet view of the sun is compared with the same image showing the superimposed field lines on August 10, 2018.
PIA22662:
Magnetic Field Portrayed Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a minor eruption of charged particles rising up and twisting about before falling back into the Sun in this close-up of the Sun from a two-hour period on Aug. 13, 2018.
PIA22673:
Twisting Outburst Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that over the course of just one day a tiny active region grew to became almost as large as its many-days-old neighbor (Aug. 23-24, 2018).
PIA22680:
New Active Region Grows Up Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that a large coronal hole began to emerge and intensify (Sept. 4-6, 2018).
PIA22722:
Emerging Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that in just about seven hours, the SDO spacecraft saw the moon transit the Sun two times (Sept. 9-10, 2018).
PIA22723:
Double Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-09-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows two images taken at virtually the same time but in different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.
PIA22724:
Two Wavelengths, Two Different Images Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the Sun's rotation bringing a new active region into view, revealing the dynamic arches and twisting streams of its magnetic field (Oct. 10-11, 2018).
PIA18139:
Sole Active Region in Profile Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-10-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that a solar prominence rose up above the Sun's surface, twisted and spun around, then became elongated and broke away. (Oct. 24-25, 2018).
PIA18140:
Eruptive Prominence Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a good-sized coronal hole at a slanted angle nearly centered on the face of the sun (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2018).
PIA18141:
Central Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a lunar transit, when the Moon partially blocked SDO's view of the Sun on Nov. 7, 2018.
PIA18142:
SDO Observes a Partial Lunar Eclipse Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows two solar prominences, directly at opposite sides of the Sun, over a 26-hour period (Nov. 12-13, 2018).
PIA18143:
Opposing Solar Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long-lasting coronal hole has again rotated around to face the Earth (Nov. 28-30, 2018).
PIA18144:
Reappearing Coronal Hole Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows an active region that appeared on Dec. 5, 2018.
PIA21211:
Solar Active Region's Cameo Appearance Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-12-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory showed four smallish prominences along the sun's edge at about the same time (Dec. 12-14, 2018).
PIA21212:
Small Prominences Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-02-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is in another eclipse season as of Feb. 6, 2019. This image shows the Earth briefly blocking SDO's view of the Sun.
PIA21213:
Spring 2019 Eclipse Season Arrives Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows that the Sun has gone an entire month without any sunspots (Feb. 1-18, 2019).
PIA21218:
Spotless February Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-03-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
Atmosphere Imaging Assembly
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a long lunar transit on Mar. 6, 2019.
PIA21905:
Criss-Crossing Lunar Transit Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-30 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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Born in the Atlantic, Hurricane Frances became a category 4 hurricane on August 31, 2004, as seen by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounding System (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua.
PIA00433:
Hurricane Frances as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) - Total Water Vapor Time Series Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-17 Aqua
AIRS
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Light energy is collected by the optics system on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument and digitized.
PIA11170:
Light Travels Through AIRS Optics Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-04 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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Carbon monoxide in the smoke from the Station fire was lofted high into the atmosphere, where it was observed by JPL's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA12195:
Concentration and Transport of Carbon Monoxide from the California Wildfires Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-26 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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NASA's Aqua spacecraft has illustrated surface air and skin temperature for the period from July 16-24, showing movement of a dome of heat across the eastern two-thirds of the country. See More Details for the movies.
PIA14480:
NASA AIRS Movies Show Evolution of U.S. 2011 Heat Wave Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Earth Aqua
AIRS
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This frame from a movie was produced with data from NASA's Aqua spacecraft showing the spread of carbon monoxide pollution across North America from fires in the Western U.S., including the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho and the Rim Fire in California.
PIA17433:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Sees Spread of Pollution from Western Wildfires Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-07 Earth Aqua
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This frame from a movie shows alternating day and nighttime views of the plume of sulfur dioxide gas emitted by Calbuco, as observed by NASA's AIRS instrument onbpard NASA's Aqua spacecraft, from April 22 to May 4, 2015.
PIA19385:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Tracks Transport of Sulfur Dioxide from Chilean Volcanic Eruption (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Earth Aqua
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Visualization of the formation and evolution of the Antarctic Vortex (ozone hole) over the South Pole from Sept. 1 to Dec. 4, 2014, created using data from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.
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Ozone Hole Formation Over South Pole Observed by NASA's AIRS Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-01-13 Earth Aqua
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A series of atmospheric rivers that brought drought-relieving rains, heavy snowfall and flooding to California this week is highlighted in this movie frame created with satellite data from the AIRS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite.
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Series of Storms Battering California Tracked by NASA's AIRS Instrument Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-08 Earth Aqua
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The large-scale structure of clouds in and around Hurricane Irma is seen in this image created with data AIRS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite. The clouds are typical of tropical areas both nearby and away from tropical cyclones.
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Hurricane Irma's Cloud Structure as Seen by NASA's AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-08-14 Earth Aqua
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This image is one of a series showing carbon monoxide (in orange/red) from California's massive wildfires drifting east across the U.S. between July 30 and August 7, 2018.
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Carbon Monoxide Transport from California Wildfires, July 30-August 7, 2018 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-01-31 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument captures a polar vortex moving from Central Canada into the U.S. Midwest from January 20 through January 29, 2019.
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AIRS Captures Polar Vortex
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-23 Earth Aqua
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This time series shows carbon monoxide associated with fires from the Amazon region in Brazil from Aug. 8-22, 2019.
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NASA's AIRS Maps Carbon Monoxide from Brazil Fires
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-08 Earth Aqua
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite collected temperature readings in the atmosphere and at the surface during an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada that started around June 26.
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Heat Wave Surface Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-07-15 Earth Aqua
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite collected temperature readings in the atmosphere and at the surface during an unprecedented heat wave in the southwestern U.S. from July 1 to July 12, 2021.
PIA23693:
July 2021 Heat Wave Surface Temperature
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Add Image to Favorite List 2022-01-04 Earth Aqua
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This animation, derived from AIRS instrument data aboard NASA's Aqua satellite, shows a nearly 20-year record of temperature anomalies for two layers in Earth's atmosphere.
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AIRS Temperature Anomalies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-01-10 Earth Aqua
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The AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a series of storms as they dumped record amounts of rain in some parts of California, causing flooding, and damaging infrastructure.
PIA25597:
California Atmospheric River Storms Captured by NASA's AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2023-08-18 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) captured Hurricane Hilary on the morning of Aug. 18, 2023, when it was a Category 4 storm roughly 470 miles (760 kilometers) south of Baja California.
PIA25779:
Hurricane Hilary Captured by NASA's AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-29 Earth Aqua
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In this frame from an animation, NASA instruments show the seasonal cycle of vegetation and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
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Effect of Seasonal Vegetation Cycle on Global Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-22 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Imaging Radar
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The Gulf Coast from the Mississippi Delta through the Texas coast is shown in this satellite image from NASA's Terra spacecraft, and the predicted storm track for Hurricane Rita acquired in February, 2000.
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Hurricane Rita Track
Radar Image with Topographic Overlay
Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-29 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Imaging Radar
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The city of New Orleans, situated on the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, is shown in this radar image from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. In this image bright areas show regions of high radar reflectivity, such as from urban areas.
PIA04174:
New Orleans Topography, Radar Image with Colored Height Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-29 Earth Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)
C-Band Imaging Radar
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The geography of the New Orleans and Mississippi delta region is well shown in this radar image from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. In this image, bright areas show regions of high radar reflectivity, such as from urban areas.
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Mississippi Delta, Radar Image with Colored Height Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-04-24 M82 Galaxy Hubble Space Telescope
Spitzer Space Telescope
Chandra X-ray Telescope
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NASA's Spitzer, Hubble and Chandra space observatories teamed up to create this multi-wavelength, false-colored view of the M82 galaxy. The lively 
portrait celebrates Hubble's 'sweet sixteen' birthday.
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Great Observatories Present Rainbow of a Galaxy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-01-06 Cassiopeia A Chandra X-ray Observatory
Spitzer Space Telescope
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For the first time, a multiwavelength three-dimensional reconstruction of a supernova remnant has been created. This visualization of Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, the result of an explosion approximately 330 years ago, uses data from several NASA telescopes.
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Supernova Remnant in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-22 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used its laser and spectrometers to examine what chemical elements are in a drift of Martian sand during the mission's 74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20, 2012).
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Laser Hit on Martian Sand Target, Before and After Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-17 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This image from an animation shows how repeated laser shots from the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cause a pit to form at the target point in Martian soil.
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Pitting in Martian Soil During Repeated Laser Shots From Mars Rover Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-05 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
ChemCam
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was used to check the composition of gray tailings from the hole in rock target 'Cumberland' that the rover drilled on May 19, 2013.
PIA17069:
Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-20 Mars Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
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This frame from an animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection.
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Drilling into Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-30 Earth CloudSat
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NASA's CloudSat spacecraft overpassed Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012 just as Sandy was approaching the Atlantic coastline. Sandy contained estimated maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (78 knots).
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CloudSat's View of Hurricane Sandy Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-08-29 Earth CloudSat
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NASA's CloudSat satellite flew over then-Tropical Storm Harvey on Aug. 26, 2017, at 2:45 p.m. CDT (19:45 UTC) as the storm was nearly stationary over south Texas.
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NASA's CloudSat Sees Tropical Storm Harvey in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-08 Earth CloudSat
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NASA's CloudSat satellite flew over Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. EDT (17:45 UTC) as the storm was approaching Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Powerful Hurricane Irma Seen in 3D by NASA's CloudSat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-20 Earth CloudSat
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NASA's CloudSat satellite flew over Hurricane Maria on Sept. 17, 2017, at 1:23 p.m. EDT (17:23 UTC) as the storm had just strengthened into a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Taking a 3-D Slice of Hurricane Maria's Cloud Structure
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Add Image to Favorite List 2019-08-29 Earth CloudSat
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Data from NASA's CloudSat satellite, acquired on Aug., 2019, at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT) was used to make this 3D animation of then-Tropical Storm Dorian. It shows cloud heights extending 9 miles (15 kilometers) into the atmosphere.
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NASA's CloudSat Images Dorian in 3D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-12-11 Mars Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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NASA's CRISM onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust.
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Carbon-Dioxide Frost Settling from Seasonal Outbursts on Mars (Movie) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-25 Saturn Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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This image from an animation shows 'beacons' of hot air seen in the infrared that appeared during a great springtime storm on Saturn from January 2011 to March 2012.
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Infrared Hotspots in a Monster Saturn Storm Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-02-18 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
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This sequence of maps shows varying surface temperatures on Saturn's moon Titan at two-year intervals, from 2004 to 2016. The measurements were made by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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Titan Temperature Lag Maps & Animation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-13 Titan Cassini-Huygens
Composite Infrared Spectrometer
Imaging Science Subsystem
Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph
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This frame from a computer animation shows the observations to be taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its second close approach to Titan on Monday, Dec. 13, 2004.
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Titan 'TB' Flyby Animation Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-12-13 Dione Cassini-Huygens
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This frame from a computer animation shows the observations to be taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft spanning roughly a nine-hour period surrounding its upcoming flyby of Dione on Dec. 14, 2004.
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Dione Flyby Animation Animation Icon
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