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STEREO Shows Comet ISON Approaching the Sun

These SDO images from 7:25 p.m. EST on Feb. 24, 2014, show the first moments of an X-class flare in different wavelengths of light -- seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun. Hot solar material can be seen hovering above the active region in the sun's atmosphere, the corona.

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Third Substantial Solar Flare in 2 Days

10.22.2014
The sun erupted with another significant flare today, peaking at 10:28 a.m. EDT on Oct. 22, 2014. SDO captured images of the third substantial flare from the same region of the sun since Oct. 19.

Coronal Loops, Anyone?

10.20.2014
SDO captured a splendid example of expanding coronal loops seen in profile at the edge of the Sun (Oct. 14-15, 2014).

NASA's SDO Observes an X-class Solar Flare

10.20.2014
A solar flare surges off the lower left hand of the sun in this image captured by NASA's SDO on Oct. 19, 2014.

IRIS Helps Explain Mysterious Heating of the Solar Atmosphere

10.16.2014
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph was launched with a specific goal: track how energy and heat courses through a little understood region of the sun called the interface region.

NASA SDO Image: Jack-o-Lantern Sun

10.14.2014
Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014.
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