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.

Quickly Developing Sunspot

Solar Gusher

Graceful Turbulence

Magnetic Field Lines Visualized

Almost an X Class Flare

Lots of Loops

X4 Flare was no Shrimp

Channel Eruption

Festooning Loops

Interactions of Active Regions

Fascinating facts

The density in the core of the Sun is incredibly high. So high, that it takes the light up to several million years to escape to the surface of the Sun. This process is called »Random walk«.
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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.