Say Cheese! NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Has Taken 100 Million Photos Of The Sun

January 22, 2015 12:08 AM

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Say Cheese! NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Has Taken 100 Million Photos Of The Sun

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has accomplished quite the milestone. The space telescope's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument snapped its 100 millionth photo Monday at 12:49 p.m. EST. The instrument captures images of the sun, in 10 different wavelengths, every 12 seconds, which adds up to 57,600 photos each day.

SDO was launched on Feb. 11, 2010, atop an Atlas V-401 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The spacecraft is equipped with three instruments that observe the sun in different spectrums. The Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) observes the sun's magnetic field across the photosphere, the...

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