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.

Filament Break

Plasma Ballet

Snaking Filament Eruption

Coronal Loops Towering over Big Active Region

Prodigious Sunspot

Coronal Loops, Anyone?

Twisted Blob

Lots of Spots

Extensive Arch

Earth-directed X-class flare

Fascinating facts

The total phase of a solar eclipse cannot last longer than 7m 58s in any particular location. However if you hire a plane to follow the moon's shadow during the eclipse, you can prolong the experience considerably.
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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...