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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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A Twisting Blob of Plasma

09.26.2014
A twisted blob of solar material – a hot, charged gas called plasma – can be seen erupting off the side of the sun on Sept. 26, 2014.

NASA's SDO Sees an Autumnal Lunar Transit

09.25.2014
On Sept 24, 2014, from 2:50 a.m. to 3:20 a.m. EDT, the moon crossed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the sun, a phenomenon called a lunar transit.

CME Week: How NASA Watches CMEs

09.25.2014
These images were produced from a space weather model known as ENLIL named after the Sumerian storm god. It shows the way a coronal mass ejection (CME) on March 5, 2013, was expected to travel.

CME Week: Mapping the Journey of a Giant Coronal Mass Ejection

09.24.2014
Scientists clocked a July 2012 CME as traveling between 1,800 and 2,200 miles per second as it left the sun. NASA STEREO's helped scientists create models of the entire July 2012 event.

Media Invited to See NASA’s MMS Spacecraft Prior to Shipment for Launch

09.22.2014
MMS will provide the first ever three-dimensional view of the reconnection process, which is one of the most important drivers of space weather events.
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The Solar Physics Laboratory works to understand the Sun as a star and as the primary driver of activity throughout the solar system. Our research expands knowledge of the Earth-Sun system and helps to enable robotic and human exploration.

We develop innovative instruments and mission concepts, theoretical models, and techniques to access and analyze data. The Laboratory provides project scientists for NASA missions, assists with strategic planning and mission definition, and communicates research results to the international scientific community and the public.

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