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NASA SDO - Graceful Turbulence

Powerful magnetic forces above an active region spun and pulled at a blob of plasma until it lost its connections and blew out into space on March 26, 2014.

NRL Builds Space Satellite Module

What if you could capture solar power in space, then send it down to Earth?

An active region of the sun just rotating into the view of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory gives a profile view of coronal loops over about a two-day period, from Feb. 8-10, 2014.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory - Year 4

The Sun is always changing and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is always watching. Launched on February 11, 2010, SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of the Sun, with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through the Sun's atmosphere, the corona.

A Lunar Transit of the Sun

On Jan 30, 2014, beginning at 8:31 a.m EST, the moon moved between SDOor SDO, and the sun, giving a view of a partial solar eclipse from space.

A cloud of particles known as a coronal mass ejection, or CME, can be seen bursting up and to the right off the sun (obscured by the center disk) in this image. CMEs are a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space.

Three months after the flight of the solar observatory Sunrise - carried aloft by a NASA scientific balloon in early June 2013 -- scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany have presented unique insights into a layer on the sun called the chromosphere.

The Sun's Dynamic Loops

Giant loops of plasma above the SunÕs surface are swaying back and forth, spanning distances up to an estimated 100,000 miles (September 18-19, 2013).

A comet, streaking into the image from the bottom right, appears to be headed for an encounter with a coronal mass ejection (CME) launched from the Sun. In fact, the comet is in the foreground with the CME occurring on the farside of the Sun. The comet, probably just a few tens of metres wide, was vaporised on its approach to the Sun, and did not survive the flyby.

A Fiery Solar Explosion - The Sun as Art

Like a dragon breathing fire, a powerful blast of plasma erupts from the Sun in this colourised view of a 'coronal mass ejection'.