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Solar Gusher

An active region blew out a flare (bright flash) and a dark rush of plasma spewing above the Sun (Apr. 4, 2014). Then the semi-transparent plasma seemed to turn and shift in planes.

NASA Releases Images of M-class Solar Flare

On April 2, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 10:05 a.m. EDT, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured imagery of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation

NASA Releases Images of X-class Solar Flare

The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT March 29, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.

Magnetic Field Lines Visualized

Collage of SDO PFSS (Potential Field Source Surface) graphical representations of the Sun's magnetic field lines in all of the AIA extreme ultraviolet images as well as for the HMI magnetogram image.

NASA's STEREO Studies Extreme Space Weather

On July 22, 2012, a massive cloud of solar material, a coronal mass ejection, traveling over 1,800 miles per second as it left the sun.

Almost an X Class Flare

The Sun unleashed a M-9.3 flare, just short of an X class (the largest) from an active region right at the Sun's edge (Mar. 12-13, 2014).

Mid-Level Solar Flare Seen by NASA's SDO

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:34 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2014, and NASA's SDO, captured an image of it. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.

Coming Around Again: Giant Sunspot Makes Third Trip Across the Sun

A giant sunspot appeared on Feb. 25, 2014, for its third trip across the face of the sun.

2014 Spring Eclipse Season Starts for NASA's SDO

The 2014 spring eclipse season NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory began Feb. 27, 2014. These seasons – a time when Earth blocks SDO's view of the sun for a period of time each day.

NASA's IRIS Spots Its Largest Solar Flare

On Jan. 28, 2014, NASA's newly-launched Interface Region Imaging Spectrometer, or IRIS, observed its strongest solar flare to date.

NASA Video Recaps SDO's Year Four

Massive solar flares, graceful eruptions of solar material, and an enormous sunspot make up some of the imagery captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory during its fourth year in orbit.

Sun Emits Mid-Level Solar Flare

A mid-level solar flare erupted on the sun late on Feb. 3, 2014, peaking at midnight EST.

NASA Goddard Announces Winners of AMS, AGU and AAS Honors

Several scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, N.Y. received awards from the AMS, AGU and AAS.

SDO Sees Lunar Transit

On Jan 30, 2014, beginning at 8:31 a.m EST, the moon moved between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, and the sun, giving the observatory a view of a partial solar eclipse from space.

SDO Sees a Solar Flare and a Lunar Transit

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on Jan. 30, 2014. Images of the flare were captured by the SDO shortly after the observatory witnessed a lunar transit (lower right corner).

SOHO Captures Jan. 14, 2014 CME

SOHO captured a giant cloud of solar material called a coronal mass ejection as it escapes the sun on Jan. 14, 2013.

Sun Unleashes First X-class Flare of 2014 - January 7, 2014

This 1/714, X-class flare was also associated with a coronal mass ejection, or CME, another solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth.

NASA Releases Images of January Solar Flare

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which captures an image of the sun every 1.5 seconds, shows a mid-level solar flare at the center of the sun on Jan. 7, 2014.

NASA's SDO Sees Giant January Sunspots

One of the largest sunspots in the last nine years, AR1944, was seen in early January 2014.

Two Solar Flares Say Goodbye 2013 and Welcome 2014

The sun ushered out 2013 and welcomed 2014 with two mid-level flares on Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014. This solar flare image, was categorized as an M9.9 and peaked on New Year's Day.

NASA's SDO Shows the Sun's Rainbow of Wavelengths

A new movie, based on SDO images, showing the wide range of wavelengths that the telescope can view. Viewers should note how different the same area of the sun appears at the different wavelengths.

Fire vs. Ice: The Science of ISON at Perihelion

After several days of observations, scientists work to determine and understand the fate of Comet ISON: There's no doubt that the comet shrank in size considerably as it rounded the sun.

NASA Highlights Mars, Ozone Hole, and the Sun at American Geophysical Union

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

NASA Begins Search For What Is Left Of Comet ISON

Thirteen NASA space assets had an opportunity to observe Comet ISON, including the Heliophysics solar observatories; Solar Dynamic Observatory, STEREO and SOHO.

NASA Investigating the Life of Comet ISON

Comet ISON comes in from the bottom right and moves out toward the upper right, getting fainter and fainter, as seen from SOHO.
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