2010 UCLan SDO project September 2, 2017March 9, 2022 The Sun viewed by the EIT instrument on board the SOHO spacecraft. The image is taken through the 304 Angstrom passband. Credit: NASA/ESA SOHO EIT.Views of the Sun taken by the STEREO spacecraft on December 4th, 2006. These false colour images are taken in 4 EUV filters (wavelengths) that reveal layers at different temperatures in the solar corona. SDO/AIA will image the Sun in 8 wavelengths simultaneously and at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. Credit: NASA STEREO/EUVI.A solar flare captured by the Solar Optical Telescope on board the Hinode spacecraft, on December 13th, 2006. The exceptional time resolution of the SDO instrumentation will provide scientists with higly detailed movies of solar flares. Credit: JAXA/NASA Hinode. The SDO spacecraft, carrying the AIA, HMI and EVE instruments. The spacecraft weights 3100 kg and spans 6.25 m. It is powered by solar panels and uses two high-gain antennas to transmit about 1.5 TB of data back to Earth each day. Credit: NASA SDO.Comparison of the image resolution of current (SOHO/EIT) instruments (left) with the predicted SDO/AIA instrument (right). The image is taken through the 171 Angstrom passband. SDO will provide full disk images at a superior spatial resolution than has previously been available. The predicted image uses mosaic data from the TRACE satellite.