Magnificent eruption from the Sun, shown in 304 and 171 Angstrom wavelength light,  on August 31, 2012. Credit: NASA

Stunning Compilation of the Solar Dynamic Observatory’s Observations

Article Updated: 23 Dec , 2015


Three years ago today, (February 11, 2010) I was standing at Kennedy Space Center watching the launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The launch was spectacular, and included a unique effect as the Atlas rocket flew close to a sundog just as the spacecraft reached Max-Q, creating a ripple effect around the spacecraft. And so, SDO started off with a bang and she’s been producing incredible data ever since. The folks at Goddard Spaceflight Center’s Scientific Visualiation Studio have put together a highlight reel for the third year of SDO operations. You’ll see morphing sunspots, fountains of solar plasma, sun-grazing comets and more. Throughout its mission, SDO has not only studied the Sun, but also opened up several new, unexpected doors to scientific inquiry. Enjoy this “greatest hits” video of SDO’s third year.

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February 11, 2013 11:39 PM

VERY nice! Legacy time…

Rick Holcomb
February 12, 2013 1:50 PM

Very nice. But I wish there was some indication of how much time compression was used.

Donald Kines
Donald Kines
February 12, 2013 4:18 PM

Anyone know what the music is on that video?

Moo Cow
February 18, 2013 4:43 AM

“Music: Mistake (Davide Rossi Re-Work – Instrumental) courtesy of Moby” (it is on the above link to the Visualization Studio smile)

Jeffrey Scott Boerst
February 12, 2013 8:31 PM

Star Porn! SDO is quickly rising on my favorite probe list!