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Images courtesy SOHO (ESA & NASA). Animation by Windows to the Universe staff (Randy Russell).

Rotating Sun with Sunspots

This animation shows sunspots moving across the face of the Sun as the Sun rotates. The animation spans a period of about two weeks during January 2005. If you watch the image, you can see the date changing.

The images were captured by an instrument on the SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft. These images were captured in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, so the view is comparable to what you would see if you could look at the Sun without damaging your eyes. NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN without taking the right safety precautions!

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Last modified September 6, 2005 by Jennifer Bergman.

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