Prominence from the Solar Dynamics Observatory

Ribbons of plasma from the sun against the black backdrop of space.
April 4, 2018
Credit Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio and the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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On April 21, 2010, NASA released the first-light images from its newest sun-monitoring mission, the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The mission’s high-speed, IMAX-quality photography will improve predictions of solar activity that can disrupt everything from GPS satellites to high-voltage power lines.