Solar Max: Amazing Sun Storm Photos of 2013

Sunspot AR 1711 JP Brahic

JP Brahic

JP Brahic took this photo from France on April 5, 2013. He used a refractor Astro-Physics 155mm F/D 8.5 and a Bassler ACA1300 camera with filter H-Alpha 1A ° to capture the image. [Full Story]

Solar Prominence March 16, 2013

Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA

A solar prominence began to bow out and the broke apart in a graceful, floating style in a little less than four hours on March 16, 2013. [Full Story]

Solar Eruption of March 15, 2013


The ESA and NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured these images of the sun spitting out a coronal mass ejection (CME) on March 15, 2013, from 3:24 to 4:00 a.m. EDT.

Five Coronal Mass Ejections February 2013


The Sun blasted out five coronal mass ejections (CMEs) over about two days (Feb. 26-28, 2013) and each one had quite a different shape and structure. Image released March 1, 2013.

Quiet Sun During Solar Max


This image shows the Earth-facing surface of the Sun on February 28, 2013, as observed by the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. HMI observed just a few small sunspots on an otherwise clean face, which is usually riddled with many spots during peak solar activity.

Two Sunspots February 2013

NASA/SDO/AIA/HMI/Goddard Space Flight Center

The bottom two black spots on the sun, known as sunspots, appeared quickly over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013. These two sunspots are part of the same system and are over six Earths across.

Solar Flare and Coronal Mass Ejection of Feb. 9, 2013


Three views over time of the coronal mass ejection (CME) released by the sun on Feb. 9, 2013 as seen by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

Filament Eruption on the Northeastern Limb of the Sun

NASA SDO (via Facebook as NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO))

A huge filament of super-hot plasma, nicknamed the "Dragon Tail," erupts from the sun on Jan. 31, 2013, in this still image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.


NASA SDO (via Facebook as NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (Little SDO))

NASA's Solar Dynamics Laboratory posted this image on Facebook, Jan. 31, 2013. They wrote: "Here is a first look at 45 minutes (15 min. intervals) of this beautiful filament collapsing and blasting into space."

Sun Spicule and Prominences Seen in Elkridge, MD

Phil Whitebloom

Astrophotographer Phil Whitebloom of Elkridge, MD, sent in his photo of the sun showing different features. He writes: "There is a large prominence, spicule, loop prominence, another prominence where you could see the magnetic fields beginning to connect, and filaments.... I am a member of the Howard County Astornomy League (HAL) in Howard County, MD." Image taken Jan. 19, 2013.

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