Tuesday, December 21, 2010

JSOC is not processing data

The SDO JSOC has experienced a disk controller failure. The near-real-time images will not be produced until the controller can be replaced. Stay tuned for updates.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Articles about SDO press conference

This is list of articles written about SDO's recent press conference

Physics World

SF Chronicle

FOX News

Seattle Post

AOL News


The Telegraph UK

The Sun UK

Metro UK

Alaska Dispatch


The Huffington Post

The Universe Today

New Scientist

The Weekly World News

Prensa Latina

CNN Turkey


ABC Spain

Europapress Spain

Segodnya Ukraine

NU Netherlands

The Hindu

Sunday, December 19, 2010

SDO app for Android Phones

Check out the new SDO app at the Android marketplace! You can view SDO images on your Android phone anywhere you have a network connection.

We will feature other apps that show SDO data this week.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Global Eruption Rocks the Sun

Dec. 13, 2010: On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big.

It was so big, it may have shattered old ideas about solar activity.

"The August 1st event really opened our eyes," says Karel Schrijver of Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, CA. "We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before."

December 6th Filament caught by STEREO

The extraordinary Filament eruption caught by SDO on December 6, 2010 was also seen by the STEREO behind spacecraft.

The images and movies can be viewed here

New addition to the SDO data section

There is a new addition to the SDO data section of the website. We are now producing 48 hour subfield movies. These movies are similar to youtube in that they are streaming videos. The .flv files are updates every 30 minutes and there are five movies for every limb of the sun.

The subfield player can be accessed here

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Guide Telescope Adjustments

Today (December 9) the AIA Science Team is adjusting the guide telescopes on AIA. One of these small telescopes is mounted above each science telescope, allowing the pointing to be precisely controlled. Every so often we need to tune the control tables. Today was one of those times. Small motions of the images will be seen in the data on the SDO website.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A 'snake' slithers across the sun

John Roach writes:NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured what appears to be a giant snake slithering along the sun's southeastern limb. The feature is actually a magnetic loop of dense gas suspended over the solar surface.

The snaky filament, which was first noticed last week by NASA's STEREO-B spacecraft stationed over the sun's eastern horizon, showed signs of instability and had the potential for an impressive eruption, according to SpaceWeather.com. You've got to see SpaceWeather's time-lapse animated image of the flare-up.

read the rest here

Other articles

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lunar Transit

There will be a lunar transit tomorrow that will be visible by SDO.
When: 2010-12-04 02:45:22 UT

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The website is back up

The website is back up.

Notice: The SDO Website will be down for approximately 1 hour.
When: 2010-12-01
Time: 2 pm
Reason: SDO servers are being moved to a new location.