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SDO Celebrates Five Years Starring at the Sun…

The Solar Dynamics Observatory celebrated its 5th birthday on February 11 and NASA has put together two spectacular videos to celebrate the occasion.

While spending 5 years starring at the Sun may not be everyone’s idea of fun SDO has provided us with an unprecedented view of the star at the heart of our solar system. SDO has the best seat in the house when it comes to capturing the amazing and captivating images that help us to expand our understanding of our solar system.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the stunning videos captured during SDO’s first five years, videos of our living sun in action. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed by the stunning solar show.

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The Return of the Star Cruiser Mystery, What is Happening to the Sun?

Staring at the Sun is a common pastime for many now that SDO and other satellites are constantly feeding visual data back to Earth, a pastime that once left many blind. Scott Waring is one such individual, constantly keeping an eye on the spectacular light show blasting forth from the Sun. Recently using Helioviewer.org Scott captured on of the most unusual phenomenon’s to emerge from this preponderance of new data, Star Cruisers parking near the sun.

The latest footage takes this new phenomenon even further, until now these Star Cruisers have been spherical, looking like Death Stars parked in close proximity to the Sun. This latest footage however has captured a triangular shaped object emerging from within the Sun. Looking like an Imperial Star Destroyer this ominous object is as large as our moon and seemingly impervious to the Sun’s radiation.

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SDO Captures Spectacular Twisting Solar Eruption and Flare…

NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory this week (Oct 2) captured an M7.3 flare, a mid-sized flare that posed little threat to Earth. It did however provide a spectacular show for SDO to capture and send back to NASA. Capturing the immense power of our favourite star as magnetic loops larger than planets burst from the suns surface.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest video to come from our eyes in the sky, SDO staring at the Sun. Sit back, relax and let the solar dance began.

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Making Movies using Helioviewer.org, Staring at the Sun in Safety…

With the recent explosion of solar observing satellites generating an incredible amount of data the view of our Sun has never been clearer. Helping to bring all of this data together Helioviewer draws on all of the available data to help visualize the sun.

An incredible flexible and fun tool Helioviewer allows you to look closely at the Sun from any angle and in many spectrums. Once you have discovered an interesting angle you can generate a time-lapse movie of the Suns activities. Follow the links below to have some Helioviewer fun.

Presented for you viewing pleasure is an incredibly mesmerizing view of our Sun generated by an incredible website. Sit back, relax and enjoy staring at the sun without consequence.

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NASA Staring at the Sun, the Graceful and Magnificent Eruptions…

Learning about the Sun and our relationship to it is of great importance to NASA, and all of us. The fact that from time to time incredible videos result from the science, that’s just a bonus.

Two of the most spectacular videos to come from all of this staring at the Sun capture the Sun at its explosive and fiery best. The Graceful Eruption and the Magnificent Eruption videos both capture massive CME events occurring on the surface of the sun, both of them spectacular.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are two of the best examples of CME action captured by the SDO satellite. Capturing the Sun as it sheds immense amounts of energy and matter. Sit back, relax and let the solar storm begin.

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NASA SDO, Four Years Staring Intently at the Sun…

Launched on February 11, 2010 the SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) has spent the last four years staring intently at the sun. To celebrate the satellites’ faithful years of service NASA has released an incredible video that compiles the most exceptional images SDO has produced in the last year.

Like an extension to our collective senses SDO captures the fire breathing Sun living at the heart of our solar system Staring at the Sun has never been so much fun. Nor has it ever looked so damn cool.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the most incredible view of the Sun ever seen from the comfort of our blue planet. Sit back, relax and let in the interstellar show begin.

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NASA SDO, Three Years Staring at the Sun…

After three years staring at the Sun SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) has taken a second to blink and in that blink of an eye NASA created ‘Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes.’ In three short minutes three years of the Suns life are condensed into this astounding video, the living breathing sun in action.

Produced by Scott Weissinger with music by violinist Martin Lass performing “A Lady’s Errand of Love”.

Sit back, relax and hit that play button, prepare to be taken on a journey to the center of our solar system.

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Solar Maximum Update. Sunspot AR1476 Visible Without A Telescope…

The build-up to the first ever Solar Maximum recorded in digital, and 3D, is well underway. The latest solar storm to capture the worlds attention is AR1476. At 60,000 miles or 100,000 kilometres across AR1476 is a sunspot of immense proportions. So large that it is visible in photo’s using a decent digital camera and the proper filters (welding glasses), it is never a good idea to stare directly at or point your camera towards the sun.

AR 1476 first appeared last week, spotted by NASA’s SDO team, who proceeded to tweet the observation. The news spread rapidly, with space weather warnings being announced. generating a massive buzz on the way.

SDO is keeping a close eye on AR1476, the sunspot is still active, with a 10% chance of an X-Class solar flare and 4 massive active dark cores within, AR 1476 is both fascinating and dangerous. An X-Class flare is the highest rated class and potentially dangerous, at the very least it could most annoying. With the ability to destroy communications satellites and interfere with radio signals an uncomfortable silence may ensue.

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SDO Spots Dark Star UFO Parked Next To The Sun!!!

The online world is abuzz with talk of the most important and incredible UFO video released for many years.  During March 11 2012, for 80 hours, SDO recorded a dark planet sized sphere locked in place near the Sun’s surface. While many wild theories are already doing the rounds scientists have no explanation for what this object could possibly be.

Seeming to defy the laws of nature the dark sphere appears to be a void of immense size that is stationary and locked in place. The video is highly unusual, even for Paranoid Android, with a planet sized void sitting just off the Sun’s surface.

SDO, SOHO and the other solar observing satellites have already recorded some unusual objects in impossible places. During 2011 recordings showed a more triangular shaped craft. February saw SOHO and STEREO recorded unusual objects within the Suns corona. See ‘Solar Star Cruisers for the previous videos.

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SDO’s Second Birthday, The Solar Tornado and The Approaching Solar Maximum in 2013…

“When Athol previewed this video to the office we were unanimously stunned, easily the video of the month. We set him to writing, chaining him to his desk. For your reading pleasure and visual stimulation we present NASA’s Solar Tornado and other interesting Solar facts”, Buddha’s Brother.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – SDO – permanently keeps one eye open looking at the Sun, even on its second birthday. To celebrate two years of duty NASA has released incredible footage from our solar spy in the sky, the clearest footage ever captured of a Solar Tornado. Confirming the most unusual fact that the Sun also has Tornadoes, a little known phenomenon of galactic proportions.

Clearly visible in the video is a planet sized Tornado as large as the Earth. Held within multiple overlapping magnet fields the Tornado dances along the surface of the Sun, wind speeds of 500,000 kilometres per hour make this an amazingly massive and powerful storm.

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