Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) – Year 5


Happy Birthday SDO! 5 years with much more to come!


The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrates its 5th anniversary since it launched on February 11, 2010. This time-lapse video captures one frame every 8 hours starting when data became available in June 2010 and finishing February 8, 2015. The different colors represent the various wavelengths (sometimes blended, sometimes alone) in which SDO observes the sun. For more about SDO, please visit

credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO)

The video above was created by the NASA Goddard heliophysics multimedia team and the Scientific Visualization Studio or SVS. It honors SDO’s 5th anniversary, showcasing highlights from the last five years of sun watching.

To learn more about the videos and imagery, read the article by NASA Goddard’s heliophysics editorial lead, Karen Fox.

CREDIT: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center & the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

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