Solar Fireworks

This movie shows fireworks on the Sun as seen in UV by the Solar Dynamics Observatory while 10 significant flares erupted on the sun from 19 through 28 October. The graph shows X-ray output from the sun as measured by NOAA’s GOES spacecraft. The X-rays peak in sync with each flare.

Video Credit: NASA / SDO and NOAA / GOES

Your Astronomical Halloween Treat

Witch's BroomThe Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop, a large but relatively faint supernova remnant. NGC 6960 (the “Witch’s Broom”), near the foreground star 52 Cygni, is one of the main parts of the larger nebula.

Image Credit: Hewholooks (CC License 3.0)

An Active Sunspot Group

This time lapse video shows the activity around sunspot group AR2912 earlier this month. The view is a composite of visible and UV images.

Video Credit: NASA

The Eye of Jupiter

jupitereye_0Not really. The trick is that the planet seems to be looking back at us because Hubble happened to catch the shadow of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, as it moved across the Giant Red Spot. Hubble was monitoring changes in that huge storm last April when the moon’s shadow moved across the center of the storm. For a moment, Jupiter became Cyclops.

Image Credit: NASA