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Spots Galore

Spots Galore: The Sun sported a whole slew of substantial sunspots over the period July 1-10, 2014.

Press Releases & Feature Stories

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.

NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun’s Atmosphere

10.16.2014
NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface.

Twisted Blob

10.16.2014
The Sun erupts with a twisted blob of plasma that was part of a coronal mass ejection blasted into space (Sept. 26, 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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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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