10 brilliant discoveries NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory made in its first decade in space

This week, NASA is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a sensitive spacecraft that has shown the world never-before-seen imagery of the sun. The mission launched on Feb. 11, 2010, and during the spacecraft’s first decade in orbit, it has viewed planets crossing in front of the sun, studied the activity of sun’s scorching outer atmosphere (known as the corona) and witnessed nearly an entire 11-year solar cycle.To celebrate 10 years of solar science from SDO, NASA has highlighted the top 10 most amazing discoveries to come out of the data and scientific imagery collected by the spacecraft over the past decade. Video: Amazing sun views and science delivered in 10 Years of NASA SDORelated: Scientists’ favorite photos from the Solar Dynamics Observatory1. Solar flares(Image credit: NASA/SDO)SDO has spotted raging solar flares erupting from the sun’s surface. The spacecraft’s cameras and science instruments are zeroed in on the sun to catch these…



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