NASA’s Solar Observatory Freaked Out But It’s Not Because of the Apocalypse

After more than a week offline, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory—the sun-watching spacecraft responsible for these close-up images of solar flares, fire, and loops—is back. But just what caused it to glitch in the first place? Read More >>

How the Sun Looks When Your Spacecraft Suddenly Does a Back Flip

No, the space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory isn’t on the fritz—it was actually instructed to make this flip while snapping pics of the Sun. It might sound like NASA took this thing out for a joy ride, but there’s a very good reason for the evasive manoeuvre. Read More >>

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Three Telescopes Worked to Create This One Amazing Image of the Sun

Thanks to NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, humanity keeps a 24/7 unceasing watch on our friendly neighbourhood star. But to get a better appreciation of what’s happening on the Sun’s surface, SDO has to rope in some friends. Read More >>

Watch a 200,000-Mile Canyon of Fire Rip Open on the Sun

Trying to watch the sun's explosions with your naked eyes is a recipe for blindness, but luckily NASA has a couple of telescopes that can show you all that fusion glory with none of the permanent ocular damage. Take, for instance, this 200,000-mile long canyon of fire. Read More >>

The Red Marble

This beautiful, unreal portrait of the Sun was taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory as it was moving into its eclipse season: Read More >>

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The Most Amazing Solar Eruption Ever Recorded Is Even More Terrifying In Video

Holy Jesuspants. The image was already astonishing but this video made my head spin. Watching this magnificent violence from every angle is a good way to realise just how lucky we are to be alive, precisely because of that gigantic ball of fire in the sky. Read More >>

Watch Comet Lovejoy Playing With Fire and Surviving

Rejoice, for comet Lovejoy has survived its close encounter with the Sun! NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured the exact moment it went close in behind the Sun, then out again on the other side, surprisingly more or less intact. Read More >>