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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 Significant Flare Surges Off the Sun

09.10.2014
A Coronal Mass Ejection accompanied the Sept. 10, 2014, X1.6 class solar flare. The sun emitted a significant solar flare, an X1.6 class, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10, 2014.

Filament Liftoff

09.08.2014
The long, dark solar filament that had been visible for many days finally lifted off and broke away into space (Sept. 2, 2014).

More Than Meets the Eye: NASA Scientists Listen to Data

09.04.2014
Scientists at NASA use their ears instead of eyes to process satellite data more rapidly and detect more details than through visual analysis.

Flurry of Flares

09.03.2014
A single, dynamic active region unleashed over half a dozen solar flares in about one day (Aug. 25-26, 2014).

Magnetic Connections

09.03.2014
Magnetic field lines arched and twisted above a small group of active regions and even reached out to connect to each other (Aug. 18-20, 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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