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Science Jamboree Attracts Interns, Scientists from Across Goddard

07.10.2015
From cryogenically frozen marshmallows and pennies to 3D printed supernova, Tuesday’s Science Jamboree filled the atrium in Building 28 with science displays and demonstrations.

Scientists Study Atmosphere of Venus through Transit Images

07.09.2015
A group of scientists used the Venus transit to make measurements of how the Venusian atmosphere absorbs different kinds of light. This provides clues to exactly what elements are present.

IRIS Celebrates Year Two With Ongoing Scientific Discoveries

06.26.2015
On June 27, 2015, NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission will celebrate its second year in space.

Earth Directed CME Lights the Skies

06.24.2015
Earth experienced a geomagnetic storm on June 22, 2015 due to the arrival of an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, or CME, from June 20.

Why is the Sun's Atmosphere Hotter than its Surface?

04.28.2015
The sun's surface is blisteringly hot at 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit but its atmosphere is 300 times hotter. This has led to an enduring mystery: What heats the atmosphere to such extreme temperatures?

New Videos Highlight NASA SDO's Fifth Anniversary

02.11.2015
February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO, which provides incredibly detailed images of the Earth-facing side of the sun 24 hours a day.

NASA's SDO Sees Giant Filament on the Sun

02.10.2015
A dark line snaked across the lower half of the sun, on Feb.10, 2015, as seen by SDO.Stretched out, that line, or filament, would be more than 533,000 miles long, longer than 67 Earths in a row.

NASA Invites Children, Families to Learn about NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Mission

02.10.2015
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will host this month's Sunday Experiment on Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.

Solarium exhibit opens on Feb. 11, 2015 at the GSFC Visitors Center.

02.05.2015
On Feb. 11, 2015, a brand new digital art installation (Solarium) featuring imagery from NASA's SDO opens at the Visitor Center.

SOHO and Hinode Offer New Insight Into Solar Eruptions

01.22.2015
Scientists are trying to understand the precise details of what creates giant explosions in the sun's atmosphere, such as this solar eruption from Oct. 14, 2012, as seen by NASA's SDO.

Telescope on NASA’s SDO Collects Its 100-Millionth Image

01.20.2015
The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured its 100 millionth image of the sun on Jan. 19, 2015.

NASA Releases Images of 1st Notable Solar Flare of 2015

01.13.2015
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:24 p.m. EST on Jan. 12, 2015.

Holiday Lights on the Sun: SDO Imagery of a Significant Solar Flare

12.22.2014
SDO captured this image of a significant solar flare on Dec. 19, 2014. The image shows a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares.

NASA's SDO Captures Images of 2 Mid-Level Flares

12.19.2014
The sun emitted a mid-level flare on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:58 p.m. EST. This was the second mid-level flare seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in two days.

NASA's Sun Watching Observatory Sees Mid-level Solar Flare on Dec. 16, 2014

12.17.2014
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a mid-level solar flare – as seen in the bright flash in the middle –on Dec. 16, 2014.

NASA-funded FOXSI to Observe X-Rays From Sun

12.11.2014
Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager (FOXSI) was successfully launched on Dec. 11, 2014, on a two-stage NASA Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

SDO POTW: Extended Coronal Hole

12.10.2014
The most dominant feature on the Sun the past week has been quite a large, dark coronal hole at the bottom of the Sun (Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2014).

NASA-funded FOXSI to Observe X-Rays From Sun

12.08.2014
In early December 2014, the Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager, or FOXSI, mission will launch aboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight with very sensitive hard X-ray optics to observe the sun.

Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare on Dec. 4, 2014

12.04.2014
On Dec. 4, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M6.1-class, peaking at 1:25 p.m. EST. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

NASA's SDO Shows Moon Transiting the Sun

11.25.2014
On Nov. 22, 2014 from 5:29 to 6:04 p.m. EST., the moon partially obscured the view of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

NASA's SDO Sees Returning Sunspot Produce Mid-Level Flare

11.17.2014
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a mid-level solar flare, an M5.7 on Nov. 16, 2014.

SDO POTW: Snaking Filament Eruption

11.14.2014
A filament (which at one point had an eerie similarity to a snake) broke away from the sun and out into space (Nov. 1, 2014). This kind of eruptive event is called a Hyder flare.

NASA's SDO Observes an X-class Flare: Nov. 7, 2014

11.07.2014
The bright flash of an X1.6-class flare can be seen on the right side of the sun in this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Third Mid-Level Flare From New Sunspot: Nov. 5

11.05.2014
The bright flash of a second M-class flare is seen exploding on the left side of the sun in this image from Nov. 5, 2014.

SDO POTW: Coronal Loops Towering over Big Active Region

11.05.2014
As the largest sunspot group of Solar Cycle 24 rotated over to the edge of the Sun, it put on a wonderful display of coronal loops (Oct. 26 - 29, 2014).
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