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Our Eye on the Sun: The Solar Dynamics Observatory and its Important Insights for Life on Earth

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We have a new eye on the Sun. NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on February 11, 2010, and SDO is continuously observing the Sun with unprecedented resolution. The solar instruments aboard SDO have 16 Megapixel cameras, more than eight times better resolution than High Definition (HD) TV. These instruments obtain images and spectra every 10 seconds, 24/7, and are revealing new results about solar storms. The solar output is critical to life on Earth as the Sun provides the majority of energy for our Earth environment, and our ever-growing technology is sensitive to the large solar storms.

At this lecture, Dr. Tom Woods, a Principal Investigator for SDO offers an overview of the solar influence on Earth and present dazzling new movies of the Sun from SDO.