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Sun and Space Weather Movie Gallery

Click on the pictures below to watch movies about the Sun and space weather. Some of the movies are featured on web pages that describe the science in the movie. Some movies are available in QuickTime or MPEG formats; right-click (Windows) or option-click (Macintosh) links below the image if you want to download those files.

Magnetic Field tangles as Sun Spins
Magnetic Field Lines Tangle as Sun Rotates
[ QuickTime | MPEG ]
Journey Beneath a Sunspot
Journey Beneath a Sunspot
[ QuickTime | MPEG ]
Computer Model of Coronal Mass Ejection - Sun to Earth
Computer Model of Coronal Mass Ejection - Sun to Earth
[ QuickTime ]
Modeling Sunspots with Supercomputers
Modeling Sunspots with Supercomputers
[ QuickTime ]
CME triggers Substorm
Geomagnetic Substorm Triggered by CME from Sun
[ QuickTime | MPEG ]
Coronal Mass Ejection - SOHO Coronagraph View
Coronal Mass Ejection - SOHO Coronagraph View
[ page | large animated GIF]
Rotating Sun with Sunspots
Rotating Sun with Sunspots
[ QuickTime ]
CME   erupts from Sun as Comet NEAT passes by
CME erupts from Sun as Comet NEAT passes
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Aurora and THEMIS Satellites
Aurora and THEMIS Satellites
[ MPEG ]
Comet Kudo-Fujikawa passes the Sun
Comet Kudo-Fujikawa passes the Sun
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Mercury transits Sun in 2003
Mercury transits Sun in 2003
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Dark Days Ahead for the Sun
Dark Days Ahead for the Sun
[ RealVideo ]
Graph of Sunspot Count History (1600-2000)
Graph of Sunspot Count History (1600-2000)
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Solar Eclipse November 1994
Solar Eclipse November 1994
[ MPEG ]
   
Last modified February 12, 2010 by Randy Russell.

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