Remembering the most iconic Space Discoveries of the decade 

NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory just turned 10years. And like on every 10year olds birthday we are taking time to acknowledge the most significant discoveries that the space agency observatory has made throughout 10years, looking back at the last decade, the Solar Dynamics Observatory has come a long way from a start-up space observatory to the most critical space-based observatory in the world 

Solar flares 

On the 5th of July 2013, the sun released a high level of solar outbursts. These outbursts, called solar flares, carry high levels of radiation from explosive gaseous reactions from the sun’s inner core. The ODS was present during this phenomenal occurrence to capture vivid photos of the scorching solar flares. The observatory has a collection of close to 200solar flares captured in varying degrees of wavelengths 

Solar storms 

The SDO has captured images of enormous tornadoes from the sun. This has shed new light on the mystery of why the suns surrounding atmospheric temperature tends to be hotter than the surface temperature. The answer is a continuous occurrence of solar tornadoes. These tornadoes can grow as to be larger than the earth in diameter and consist of a variety of hit flowing erupting gasses fixed at a specific point of the sub circling through a magnetic field 

Enormous fluctuating waves 

The SDO first captured an EIT wave in 2010. EIT waves represent the high and low tide points of hot plasma from the sun’s core. Many at times the gas is electrically charged that comes off the suns surface 


Perhaps the most common capture from the SDO is comets. These are cold ice-covered pieces of space rock traveling across space. The SDO chat caught a comet streaking across space in December 2011. Scientists prefer using the images from the SDO as they offer answers to long-running questions like what occurs when comets come into contact with the suns atmosphere 

Coronal mass projections 

The SDO is being the first of space-based solar observing satellites git the opportunity first to capture a corona k mass projection from the sun. Coronal mass ejections named CMEs are materialistic outflows fin the earth’s surface. Though CMEs seem rather harmless, they seem quite harmful to crafts drifting in a place like the SDO 

Other space-based phenomena captured in the SDO include coronal dimming, solar cycles, polar coronal holes and spontaneous magnetic reconnections