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.
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