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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-11-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-11-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-10-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-10-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-09-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-09-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-09-03 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-08-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-07-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-07-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory zoomed in to watch close-up the dynamics of this single active region on the sun over a two-day period on July 14-16, 2018. These regions are often the sources of large eruptions that cause solar storms.
PIA22645:
Detailed Loops Above an Active Region Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2018-07-17 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-07-05 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-06-26 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-06-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-06-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-05-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-05-22 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-05-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-05-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-05-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-04-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-04-20 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-04-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-04-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-04-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-03-19 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-03-06 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-02-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-02-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-02-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-01-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-01-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2018-01-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-12-29 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-12-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-12-15 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-12-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-11-28 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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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 2017-11-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-10-31 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-10-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-10-16 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-10-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-10-04 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-09-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-09-11 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-09-02 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-08-23 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-08-14 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-08-07 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-08-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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 2017-07-25 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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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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 2017-07-12 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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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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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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.
PIA21764:
Coils of Magnetic Field Lines 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.
PIA21761:
Twisting Plasma Interactions 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).
PIA21756:
Energized Active Regions 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).
PIA21650:
Hedgerow Prominence Animation Icon
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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).
PIA21638:
Active Regions' Magnetic Connection 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.
PIA21634:
Two Prominences Unraveling Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-09 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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
PIA21632:
Shifting Plasma Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-05-01 Sol (our sun) SDO
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The magnetic field lines between a pair of active regions formed a beautiful set of swaying arches rising up above them Apr. 24-26, 2017, as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
PIA21604:
Solar Golden Arches
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-24 Sol (our sun) SDO
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An active region that had just rotated into NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory's view blasted out a coronal mass ejection, which was immediately followed by a bright series of post-coronal loops seeking to reorganize that region's magnetic field.
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Cascading Post-coronal Loops
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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-04-18 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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.
PIA21592:
Filament Breakaway 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2017-03-28 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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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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:
Spotless Sun Animation Icon
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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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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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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.
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Delicate Ballet Animation Icon
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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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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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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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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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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.
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Organized Arches Animation Icon
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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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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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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).
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Both Sides Now Animation Icon
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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 2016-11-30 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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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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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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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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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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 2016-10-11 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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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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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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 2016-09-21 Sol (our sun) SDO
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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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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 2016-09-08 Sol (our sun) SDO
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The two most noteworthy features on the sun this week were a pair of elongated filaments, as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Sept. 8, 2016.
PIA16996:
Two Long Filaments
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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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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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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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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
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Solar Flares with some Flair Animation Icon
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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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