Take a Breathtaking Journey to the Sun, Skim its Surface — and Be Amazed!

From Earth, the Sun basically looks like a featureless, burning yellow ball — and one that we obviously shouldn’t look at directly.

But from its geosynchronous orbit 22,236 miles from Earth, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft has been doing just that. More specifically, SDO has been capturing a highly detailed image of the Sun more than once a second, building up 2,600 terabytes of data.

And now, in celebration of the spacecraft’s fifth anniversary in space, NASA has compiled

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