Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA)
Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI)
Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO)

Solar Atmosphere at UV wavelength 170 nm - previous 5 days

Video courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams

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The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) provides ultra high-definition imagery of the Sun in 13 different wavelengths, utilizing two imaging instruments, the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument and the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI). Each wavelength is based on one or two types of ions -- though slightly longer and shorter wavelengths produced by other ions are also part of the picture. Each wavelength was chosen to highlight a particular part of the sun's atmosphere, from the solar surface to the upper reaches of the sun's corona.

Layers in the Solar Atmosphere
Layers of the Solar Atmosphere