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.

Cinco de Mayo X2.7 Flare

Long Filament Lift-off

Filament Burst

Active Regions in Profile

Shifting Plasma

Two Coronal Holes

Long Distance Connection

Hedgerow Prominence Erupts

X2 Flare Erupts

Brief Outburst

Fascinating facts

An area of the Sun's surface the size of a postage stamp shines with the power equivalent to 1,500,000 candles.
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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...