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.

Earth-directed X-class flare

Filament Liftoff

Flurry of Flares

Magnetic Connections

Triangle of Loops

Amazing Filament

Spritely Prominence

Peering through the Layers

Spun and Confused

Spots Galore

Fascinating facts

The biggest sunspots exceed Earth in size and can be visible to the naked eye (when using a solar blocking filter).
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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...