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.

Streaming Push and Pull

Two filaments Break Away

Loops in Profile

Pi-shaped Prominence

Plasma Push and Pull

Five for Five

CME Blow Out

Seesaw Filament

Hedge Row Prominence

Active Regions Galore

Fascinating facts

A total solar eclipse happens on average each 1.5 year. Solar eclipses can occur up to 5 times per year. The most recent year offering 5 solar eclipses was 1935 and the next occurrence will be the year 2206.
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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...