Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

A Mesmerizing Look at Year 4 of the Solar Dynamics Observatory

by Nancy Atkinson February 11, 2014

Four years ago today, the Solar Dynamics Observatory embarked on a five-year mission to boldly go where no Sun-observing satellite has gone before. SDO uses its three instruments to look constantly at the Sun in ten different wavelengths. Called the “Crown Jewel” of NASA’s fleet of solar observatories, SDO is a technologically advanced spacecraft that […]

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The Most Unique Eclipse Image You’ll Ever See

by Nancy Atkinson June 12, 2013

You’ve probably never before seen an image like the one above. That’s because it is the first time something like this has ever been created, and it is only possible thanks to two fairly recent NASA missions, the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. We’ve shared previously how two or three times a […]

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3 Years of the Sun in 3 Minutes

by Nancy Atkinson April 22, 2013

Since the Solar Dynamics Observatory opened its multi-spectral eyes in space about three years ago, we’ve posted numerous videos and images from the mission, showing incredible views of our dynamic Sun. Scott Wiessinger from Goddard Space Flight Center’s Space Visualization Studio has put together great timelapse compilation of images from the past three years, as […]

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Weekend Aurora Alert: The Sun Lets Loose an Earth-Directed CME

by Nancy Atkinson April 11, 2013

The Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this view as the Sun let loose with its biggest solar flare of the year so far. It’s not a real big one — a mid-level flare classified as an M6.5 – but an associated coronal mass ejection is heading towards Earth and could spur some nice auroae by this […]

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Solar Spacecraft Gets a Little Loopy

by Nancy Atkinson April 4, 2013

Twice a year, the Solar Dynamics Observatory performs a 360-degree roll about the axis on which it points toward the Sun. This produces some unique views, but the rolls are necessary to help calibrate the instruments, particularly the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) instrument, which is making precise measurements of the solar limb to study […]

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