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Video: Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes

Stunning new video from NASA showing the life of the sun over 3 years.

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Space Porn: Amazing Solar Flare Picture

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Crazy Awesome Solar Eruption Caught by NASA

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled away from the sun at over 900 miles per second. This movie shows the ejection from a variety of viewpoints as captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), and the joint ESA/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

Crazy Awesome Video of a Massive Solar Flare

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When a rather large-sized (M 3.6 class) flare occurred near the edge of the Sun, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period (Feb. 24, 2011). This event was captured in extreme ultraviolet light by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft .

Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface. Because SDO images are super-HD, we can zoom in on the action and still see exquisite details. And using a cadence of a frame taken every 24 seconds, the sense of motion is, by all appearances, seamless. Sit back and enjoy the jaw-dropping solar show.

Nasa probes capture first panoramic images of Sun

Two probes from Nasa’s Stereo mission have beamed back the first ever 360-degree panoramic images of the Sun.

List of Upcoming Solar Eclipses until 2017

We’ve been pretty wowed by the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses. The nice thing about astronomical events is that they can be predicted down to the second until the end of time.

So, I thought it’d be a good idea to put up a calendar of all upcoming Solar Eclipses for the next few years.

Here ya go!

When: 11 July 2010
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Pacific, South America

When: 20 May 2012
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Asia, USA

When: 13 November 2012
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Australia, Pacific

When: 10 May 2013
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Australia, Pacific

When: 3 November 2013
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: Africa

When: 29 April 2014
Type: Annular Eclipse
Where: Antarctica

When: 20 March 2015
Type: Total Eclipse
Where: N. Atlantic, Iceland

Looking further ahead – the next total solar eclipse visible in the United States and North America will be August 21, 2017.

Picture from Wikipedia.