April 28th, 2010

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Solar Dynamics Observatory movies available




NASA has some fantastic movies of a massive solar flare erupting from the sun - as well as plasma 'rain' streaming back onto it. There are two movies, using differing filters, and the images are amazing.


Astronomers have seen eruptions like this before, but rarely so large and never in such fluid detail. As science team member Alan Title of Lockheed Martin pointed out at last week's press conference, "no other telescope comes close to the combined spatial, temporal and spectral resolution of SDO."