SDO: Year 3
On Feb. 11, 2010, NASA launched an unprecedented solar observatory into space. The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) flew up on an Atlas V rocket, carrying instruments that scientists hoped would revolutionize observations of the sun. If all went according to plan, SDO would provide incredibly high-resolution data of the entire solar disk almost as quickly as once a second.
When the science team released its first images in April of 2010, SDO's data exceeded everyone's hopes and expectations, providing stunningly detailed views of the sun. In the three years since then, SDO's images have continued to show breathtaking pictures and movies of eruptive events on the sun. Such imagery is more than just pretty, they are the very data that scientists study. By highlighting different wavelengths of light, scientists can track how material on the sun moves. Such movement, in turn, holds clues as to what causes these giant explosions, which, when Earth-directed, can disrupt technology in space.
SDO is the first mission in a NASA's Living With a Star program, the goal of which is to develop the scientific understanding necessary to address those aspects of the sun-Earth system that directly affect our lives and society. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. built, operates, and manages the SDO spacecraft for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.
SDO: Year One here.
SDO: Year 2 here.
Information about the individual clips used in this video is here.
Watch this video on YouTube.
The sun's greatest hits as captured by the Solar Dynamic Observatory from February 2012 to February 2013.
Music: Mistake (Davide Rossi Re-Work - Instrumental) courtesy of Moby Gratis.
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SDO: Year 3
Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:00AM
Produced by - Robert Crippen
Datasets used in this visualization
SDO SDO Continuum (Continuum)ID: 674Collected with HMI
SDO AIA 304 (304 Filter)ID: 677Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
SDO AIA 211 (211 Filter)ID: 678Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
SDO AIA 193 (193 Filter)ID: 679Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
SDO AIA 171 (171 Filter)ID: 680Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
SDO AIA 131 (131 Filter)ID: 730Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
SDO AIA 335 (335 Filter)ID: 748Collected with AIA JOINT SCIENCE OPERATIONS CENTER
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