Live Views

Watch the amazing activity on the surface of the Sun while it really happens from the Solar Dynamics Observatory orbiting the Earth and monitoring the Sun 24/7.

Picks of the Week

Spectacular events on the solar surface in pictures and videos as selected by the SDO/NASA team.

Flurry of Flares

Magnetic Connections

Triangle of Loops

Amazing Filament

Spritely Prominence

Peering through the Layers

Spun and Confused

Spots Galore

Sweeping Arches and Loops

XX - Two X Flares in Quick Succession

Fascinating facts

Since the Sun is a gigantic ball of gas and plasma, and not a solid body, it rotates faster at its equator than at its poles. The rotation period is about 26 days at the equator and 33 days at the poles.
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Did you know, that you can actually observe sunspots, prominences and the corona yourself? Get tips on how to get started and recommendations for the best tools and equipment.

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All solar images courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams...