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Full Map of the Sun's Surface

This movie shows the evolution of the Sun's entire surface as seen in extreme ultraviolet light (304 angstroms) for the time period Jan 1 - Sep 27, 2012. The movie was made by combining nearly simultaneous view of the Sun from three spacecraft: STEREO AHEAD and BEHIND (seeing the Sun's far side) and the Solar Dynamic Observer (seeing the near side). This EUV light comes primarily from the solar chromosphere. The bright patches are active regions. Many dark prominence eruptions can also be seen.

The data is plotted in Carrington coordinates which are "fixed" to the surface of the Sun. In this coordinate system, the active regions tend to stay at the same location. However, the Sun's rotation rate actually changes with latitude and this can be seen in the movie.

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Data Used:
STEREO/Extreme UltraViolet Imager (EUVI)/304 Angstroms
SDO/AIA/304 Filter also referred to as: AIA 304
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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Imagery
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Solar Activity >> Solar Ultraviolet
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Heliophysics
NASA Science >> Sun
SVS >> Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging
SVS >> EUV Imaging

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version