NASA created an extraordinary three minute video showing the results of their Solar Dynamics Observatory project. The observatory launched in 2010 and in those three years SDO’s data and imagery has blown everyone’s hopes and expectations out of the water. Here are images shot by the SDO that provide stunningly detailed views of the sun as we have never seen it before.
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Alan Friedman is a greeting card-maker by day and amateur astronomer once the night falls. These photos were taken right from Friedman’s backyard in Buffalo, NY using a small (3 ½” aperture) telescope with a Hydrogen Alpha filter and an industrial webcam to capture the surface of the Sun.