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The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) launched on February 11th, 2010.
As soon as SDO's telescope doors opened, the spacecraft began beaming back scenes so beautiful
and puzzlingly complex that even seasoned observers were stunned.
This image shows an erupting prominence observed by SDO on March 30th.
False colors trace different plasma temperatures.
Red is relatively cool (60,000 K); green and yellow are hotter (1,400,000 - 2,200,000 K).
The goal is to understand the sun as a magnetic variable star and to measure its impact on life and society on Earth.
Date Taken: March 30, 2010
Credit: NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center