Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

New Solar Model Successfully Predicted Seven of the Sun’s Last Nine Big Flares

Since it launched in 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory has helped scientists understand how the Sun's magnetic field is generated…

1 month ago

Time-Lapse Video Reveals 10 Years of the Sun’s Life Crushed into One Stellar Hour

I forget the Sun is a star. I think we all do sometimes. It’s easy to take for granted. The…

2 months ago

Satellites Watched Mercury’s Transit From Space, Confirming That Yes, the Sun Has At Least One Planet

Do you wonder how astronomers find all those exoplanets orbiting stars in distant solar systems? Mostly they use the transit…

10 months ago

X-Rays Are Coming From The Dark Side of Venus

A new study takes a look at observational evidence obtained about Venus during its 2012 transit of the Sun, which…

4 years ago

Watch Mercury Transit the Sun in Multiple Wavelengths

No one had a better view of the transit of Mercury across the Sun than the space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory,…

4 years ago

A Mesmerizing Look at Year 4 of the Solar Dynamics Observatory

Four years ago today, the Solar Dynamics Observatory embarked on a five-year mission to boldly go where no Sun-observing satellite…

7 years ago

The Most Unique Eclipse Image You’ll Ever See

You’ve probably never before seen an image like the one above. That’s because it is the first time something like…

7 years ago

3 Years of the Sun in 3 Minutes

Since the Solar Dynamics Observatory opened its multi-spectral eyes in space about three years ago, we’ve posted numerous videos and…

7 years ago

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

The Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this view as the Sun let loose with its biggest solar flare of the year…

7 years ago

Solar Spacecraft Gets a Little Loopy

Twice a year, the Solar Dynamics Observatory performs a 360-degree roll about the axis on which it points toward the…

7 years ago