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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 >>

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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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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 >>

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Turns Out The Sun Is Rounder And Flatter Than We Thought

So it looks like the sun is a bit rounder than we thought it was, but it's also a bit flatter too. Weird, huh? Well, when we say flatter, we mean scientists say it's a bit more squashed, making the star a bit wider at the middle than at its poles. Read More >>

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Watch Close-Up As Millions of Tons of Gas Erupt on the Sun’s Surface

This video of an M class solar flare condenses three hours of explosion into a dramatic 1-minute video. Read More >>