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Graceful Turbulence

Graceful Turbulence: Powerful magnetic forces above an active region on the Sun twisted and pulled at a blob of plasma until it lost its connections and blew out into space.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

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.

MMS Launch and Deploy Animation

10.10.2014
This animation follows Magnetosphere Multiscale (MMS) Mission from launch at Kennedy Space Center through deployment and on station doing science.

SDO Watches Giant Filament on the Sun

10.03.2014
A snaking, extended filament of solar material currently lies on the front of the sun-- some 1 million miles across from end to end.

NASA Releases Images of a Mid-level Solar Flare

10.02.2014
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 3:01 p.m. EDT on Oct. 2, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun 24-hours a day, captured images of the flare.
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Overview

The Heliophysics Science Division conducts research on the Sun, its extended solar-system environment (the heliosphere), and interactions of Earth, other planets, small bodies, and interstellar gas with the heliosphere. Division research also encompasses geospace -- Earth's uppermost atmosphere, the ionosphere, and the magnetosphere -- and the changing environmental conditions throughout the coupled heliosphere (solar system weather).

Scientists in the Heliophysics Science Division develop models, spacecraft missions and instruments, and systems to manage and disseminate heliophysical data. They interpret and evaluate data gathered from instruments, draw comparisons with computer simulations and theoretical models, and publish the results. The Division also conducts education and public outreach programs to communicate the excitement and social value of NASA heliophysics.

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