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  • Image of a very long, whip-like solar filament extending over half a million miles in a long arc above the sun’s surface.

    One Half Million Mile Solar Filament

    08.10.12 - SDO sees a very long, whip-like solar filament extending over half a million miles in a long arc above the sun’s surface. Part of the filament seems to break away, but its basic length and shape seem to have remained mostly intact.

  • Heliophysics scientist and 2012 recipients of NASA Honor Awards (l to r): Spiro Antiochos, Jim Klimchuk, Doug Rowland.

    Solar Scientists Receive 2012 NASA Honor Awards

    08.07.12 - Heliophysicists Spiro Antiochos, James Klimchuk, Douglas Rowland, and the SDO Science Investigation Team received Agency Honor Awards to celebrate their unique contributions to NASA's mission.

  • SDO captured this image of the M6.2 class solar flare on July 28, 2012.

    Sun Emits a Medium-Intensity Solar Flare

    07.30.12 - The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 4:55 PM EDT on July 28, 2012. This flare is classified as a M6.2 flare. M-class flares are the weakest flares that can still cause some space weather effects near Earth.

  • A balloon-borne gondola bearing NASA's HERO science mission safely lands in a Kansas field in 2005. The new HEROES flight project adapts and expands on that successful mission.

    Marshall, Goddard Researchers Become 'HEROES'

    07.19.12 - Jessica Gaskin and Steve Christe and their team are undertaking the work of "HEROES" -- building, testing and launching a complex X-ray telescope.

  • Image captured by SDO on July 19, 2012 of M7.7 class solar flare.

    Sun Sends Out Mid-Level Solar Flare

    07.19.12 - The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare (M7.7) on July 19, 2012, beginning at 1:13 AM EDT and peaking at 1:58 AM.

  • Photo of the planetary Conjunction and auroras as seen from Albany, Missouri.

    CME Arrival Results in Aurora Show

    07.15.12 - The arrival of the CME associated with the July 12, 2012 X1.4 class flare, resulted in a geomagnetic storm that caused aurora to appear in lower latitudes than usual.

  • SDO captures M6.9 solar flare on July 7, 2012.

    Active Region 1515 Releases M6.9 Class Flare

    07.09.12 - As it turns away from Earth, AR1515 releases an M6.9 class solar flare.

  • Close-up of AR1515's X1.1 class solar flare

    Sun Releases X1.1 Class Flare

    07.07.12 - Anticipated for the past week, the sun finally releases an X1.1 class solar flare late on July 6.

  • Graphic of SUMI instrument.

    SUMI Rocket Launches Successfully

    07.05.12 - UPDATE: SUMI sounding rocket launches successfully and data results look good.

  • Active Region 1515 unleased an M6.1 class solar flare at 7:38am EDT.

    Another M-class Flare from Sunspot 1515

    07.05.12 - Today's M6.1 solar flare, originating from behemoth sunspot AR1515, is the twelfth M-class flare from that region in the last 3 days.

  • Four view of the sun's M5.3 flare on July 4, 2012 at different temperatures.

    Independence Day Fireworks

    07.04.12 - Even the sun joins in America's Fourth of July celebration, with an M5.3 solar flare.

  • SDO captures M5.6 class solar flare early on July 2, 2012.

    Solar Fireworks on July 2

    07.03.12 - On July 2, 2012, an M5.6 class solar flare erupted from the sun, peaking at 6:52 AM EDT.

  • SUMI being tested by Marshall engineer's at the National Space Science and Technology Center high bay. SUMI is slated to launch on a sounding rocket from White Sands Missile Range, N.M., on July 5.

    SUMI Taking a Second Shot at the Sun

    07.02.12 - MSFC scientists are launching SUMI a second time to find out how the sun's energy ripples, churns and flows out into the solar system.

  • Weekend aurora as seen in Badlands, South Dakota.

    UPDATE: Two CMEs Hit Earth’s Magnetosphere

    06.18.12 - Two CMEs from AR 1504 on June 13-14, delivered a combined blow over the weekend and sparked bright aurora, with some appearing at lower latitudes than usual.

  • Hinode captured this image of the January 6, 2011 solar eclipse.

    Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012

    05.17.12 - On May 20-21, 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor along Earth's northern Hemisphere.