The Sun is always changing and NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory is always watching. Launched on February 11, 2010, SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of the Sun, with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through the Sun’s atmosphere, the Corona.
SDO has captured images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. Scientists say that these images help them better understand the complex electromagnetic system causing the constant movement on the Sun, which can ultimately have an effect closer to Earth, too. Flares and another type of solar explosion called coronal mass ejections can sometimes disrupt technology in space. Moreover, studying our closest star is one way of learning about other stars in the galaxy.
Watch the breathtaking video of the Sun below: