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.

Peering through the Layers

Spun and Confused

Spots Galore

Sweeping Arches and Loops

XX - Two X Flares in Quick Succession

Hanging Filament

Spurting Plasma

Tight Loops Close-up

Coronal Hole Squared

Dark Lift-Off

Fascinating facts

A total solar eclipse occurs because the size of the Sun and the Moon seem the same as seen from Earth. But since the Moon is slowly moving away from the Earth, in a couple of million years, we will no longer be privileged to that experience.
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See for yourself

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.