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.

Prodigious Sunspot

Coronal Loops, Anyone?

Twisted Blob

Lots of Spots

Extensive Arch

Earth-directed X-class flare

Filament Liftoff

Flurry of Flares

Magnetic Connections

Triangle of Loops

Fascinating facts

The Sun is the basis for all life on Earth, but it is also harmful. It can cause skin cancer and can damage the eyes when directly look at even with sunglasses or during an eclipse.
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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...