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Solar Gusher

04.15.2014
An active region blew out a flare (bright flash) and a dark rush of plasma spewing above the Sun (Apr. 4, 2014). Then the semi-transparent plasma seemed to turn and shift in planes.

NASA Releases Images of M-class Solar Flare

04.02.2014
On April 2, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 10:05 a.m. EDT, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured imagery of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation

NASA Releases Images of X-class Solar Flare

03.31.2014
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT March 29, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation.

Magnetic Field Lines Visualized

03.26.2014
Collage of SDO PFSS (Potential Field Source Surface) graphical representations of the Sun's magnetic field lines in all of the AIA extreme ultraviolet images as well as for the HMI magnetogram image.

Almost an X Class Flare

03.18.2014
The Sun unleashed a M-9.3 flare, just short of an X class (the largest) from an active region right at the Sun's edge (Mar. 12-13, 2014).
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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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