Twelve Haunting Images from the Sun

The Solar Dynamics Observatory.

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This is just breathtaking, visions of our own temperamental home star that highlight its power and vibrancy to us, its ape children on the third speck in orbit around it. This comes from the first year of images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Enjoy. I know that I did…

Courtesy of YouTube channel, as is the following:

In the last year, the sun has gone from its quietest period in years to the activity marking the beginning of solar cycle 24. SDO has captured every moment with a level of detail never-before possible. The mission has returned unprecedented images of solar flares, eruptions of prominences, and the early stages of coronal mass ejections (CMEs). In this video are some of the most beautiful, interesting, and mesmerizing events seen by SDO during its first year.

In the order they appear in the video the events are:

1. Prominence Eruption from AIA in 304 Angstroms on March 30, 2010.
2. Cusp Flow from AIA in 171 Angstroms on February 14, 2011.
3. Prominence Eruption from AIA in 304 Angstroms on February 25, 2011.
4. Cusp Flow from AIA in 304 Angstroms on February 14, 2011.
5. Merging Sunspots from HMI in Continuum on October 24-28, 2010.
6. Prominence Eruption and active region from AIA in 304 Angstroms on April 30, 2010.
7. Solar activity and plasma loops from AIA in 171 Angstroms on March 4-8, 2011.
8. Flowing plasma from AIA in 304 Angstroms on April 19, 2010.
9. Active regions from HMI in Magnetogram on March 10, 2011.
10. Filament eruption from AIA in 304 Angstroms on December 6, 2010.
11. CME start from AIA in 211 Angstroms on March 8, 2011.
12. X2 flare from AIA in 304 Angstroms on February 15, 2011.

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