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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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Intermission: NASA Captures Stunning 'Rain' on the Sun

On July 19th, 2012, an eruption occurred on the surface of the sun, which NASA recorded through the Solar Dynamics Observatory's AIA instrument.

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On July 19th, 2012, an eruption occurred on the surface of the sun, which NASA recorded through the Solar Dynamics Observatory's AIA instrument.

Each second of this video corresponds to 6 minutes in real time!

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Let There Be Light: An Affordable, Solar-Powered Lantern Beams in Off-Grid Communities

Little Sun, a small, beautiful solar-powered lantern, provides a sustainable, affordable, rechargeable form of light.

What would you do if you could cradle the sun’s light in the palm of your hand? If you never thought about that question before, a new creation by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederick Ottesen may challenge you to consider it.

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Image of the Day: The International Space Station Looks Like a Speck of Dust on the Sun

Astrophotographer Alan Friedman had just 0.2 seconds to capture this amazing image of International Space Station crossing in front of the sun.


Wired just posted this incredible photo, taken by astrophotographer Alan Friedman, of the International Space Station, with the space shuttle Discovery attached, crossing the sun.

According to NASA, the International Space Shuttle is about the width and length of an American football field. It took just 0.2 seconds to transit across the sun, and Friedman nearly missed it:

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Massive Solar Flare Could Bring Aurora Tonight!

The biggest solar flare in four years might bring a sweet light show to northern latitudes tonight.


For all you celestial dorks out there (and I include myself in these ranks), it might be worth clearing your schedule tonight. The most powerful solar flare in four years erupted late Monday, and it sent "a firehose of material" towards Earth.

Which means there's a much better than usual chance of aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights, tonight and tomorrow night. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters are giving a 45 percent chance of geomagnetic activity in the northern continental United States and a 30 percent chance at latitudes as far south as Washington, D.C.

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