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Five Years Of Beautiful Solar Activity Condensed Into One Spectacular Time-Lapse Video

Stare at the sun for as long as you want (well, three minutes) without burning out your eyes.

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To celebrate five years since the launch of their Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA released this hypnotically beautiful time-lapse video, allowing us to finally scratch that compulsive itch we’ve all had since childhood (admit it...) when we were told by an adult not to stare at the sun.

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Image of the Day: The Sun's Enormous Solar Prominence

The Solar Dynamics Observatory captures an image of an enormous prominence around the sun. Check out this accompanying video.


The Solar Dynamics Observatory captures an image of an enormous solar prominence around the sun. To put this in perspective, Bad Astronomy points out that the Earth would appear about 5 pixels by comparison. (Our image is slightly smaller, meaning you could barely see the Earth on this scale.) The prominence is estimated to be 434,960 miles across.
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