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Explore the Sun with Helioviewer

As you might have seen elsewhere, there was a spectacular solar flare on June 7 caught on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Unusually for such a powerful event, the ejected material fell back onto the surface of the … Continue reading

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Increasing solar activity

NASA has published this remarkable side by side video comparison of solar activity in 2008 and 2011. Ignore the obvious – the sun didn’t change colour. The earlier captures were from the SoHo spacecraft,  the latter the Solar Dynamics Observatory. … Continue reading

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Size Comparison between that Monster Solar Flare and Earth

Last post on this I promise.  NASA has added an image of the Earth to a still from their incredible SDO, solar prominence video,  so you get some idea of the mind blowing scale of the eruption. Toasty!

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NASA’s SDO Probe Captures Images of an Awesome Solar Flare

On the same theme, on February 24, 2011 NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) caught the incredible details of a massive solar prominence, almost edge on as it erupted out of the sun. The erupting plasma swirled and twisted over a … Continue reading

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First Complete Image of the Sun

NASA has released a 360 degree video of the sun. The first time the far side has been imaged, and the first time Scientists have had a complete view of the star. This is thanks to NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations … Continue reading

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Largest Solar Flare in 4 Years

Credit: NASA / Goddard / SDO AIA Team On February 14 the Sun emitted a powerful solar flare (type X2.2) from Sunspot 1158. Apparently this is the largest flare since 2006. The burst was so intense it overwhelmed the Solar … Continue reading

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