The sun’s greatest hits as captured by the Solar Dynamic Observatory from February 2012 to February 2013.
( Live data and other resources can be found at http://SunSpotWatch.com )
On Feb. 11, 2010, NASA launched an unprecedented solar observatory into space. The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) flew up on an Atlas V rocket, carrying instruments that scientists hoped would revolutionize observations of the sun. If all went according to plan, SDO would provide incredibly high-resolution data of the entire solar disk almost as quickly as once a second.
When the science team released its first images in April of 2010, SDO’s data exceeded everyone’s hopes and expectations, providing stunningly detailed views of the sun. In the three years since then, SDO’s images have continued to show breathtaking pictures and movies of eruptive events on the sun. Such imagery is more than just pretty, they are the very data that scientists study. By highlighting different wavelengths of light, scientists can track how material on the sun moves. Such movement, in turn, holds clues as to what causes these giant explosions, which, when Earth-directed, can disrupt technology in space.
SDO is the first mission in a NASA’s Living With a Star program, the goal of which is to develop the scientific understanding necessary to address those aspects of the sun-Earth system that directly affect our lives and society. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. built, operates, and manages the SDO spacecraft for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.
SDO Year 3 Visuals List:
The list below shows the number of the clip, the wavelength of the clip, a brief description of what is appearing, the date and time range of the event, the imaging cadence and the SVS page where the frames and other materials are.
+ Clip 1 AIA 171 Angstrom Active regions and plasma loops 7/8/12 2200UTC - 7/10/12 0100UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11044
+ Clip 2 AIA 304 Angstrom Prominence 9/16/12 0200UTC - 9/16/12 0800UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?4033
+ Clip 4 AIA 171 Angstrom Loops connecting active regions 7/8/12 2200UTC - 7/10/12 0100UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11044
+ Clip 5 AIA 131 Angstrom X1.4 Flare 10/23/12 peaking at 0317UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11120
+ Clip 6 AIA 131 Angstrom Eclipse 9/16/12 0200UTC - 9/16/12 0800UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?4033
+ Clip 11 AIA 304 Angstrom Prominence 12/31/12 1600UTC - 12/31/12 2000UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?4038
+ Clip 12 HMI Continuum Sunspots 6/8/12 0700UTC - 6/22/12 0000UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?4037
+ Clip 19 AIA 193 Angstrom Transit of Venus 6/5/12 2121UTC - 6/6/12 0524UTC .http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3940, http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10996
+ Clip 21 AIA 171 Angstrom Active regions 10/17/12 1600UTC - 10/23/12 0600UTC
+ Clip 22 AIA 304 Angstrom Coronal rain and plasma loops 7/19/12 0430UTC - 7/20/12 0200UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?4026
+ Clip 24 AIA 304 Angstrom Prominence eruption 9/23/12 1330UTC - 9/23//12 1700UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?4034
+ Clip 27 AIA 171 Angstrom Active regions and plasma loops 7/8/12 2200UTC - 7/10/12 0100UTC http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?11044