NASA has recently released the Solar Dynamics Observatory's 100 millionth image of the sun. Released on January 19, the image shows swirling waves of activity in the solar atmosphere. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly was used to capture the image. The assembly is an instrument that uses four telescopes working parallel to gather eight images of the sun every 12 seconds. The images are taken while cycling through 10 different wavelengths.
Each day, 1.5 terabytes of data is generated by the SDO. Half of the data comes from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly.