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The sunspot videos in this media gallery were captured by telescopes on two spacecrafts that orbit the Sun, the European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). These specialized instruments captured the emergence, growth, and evolution of sunspots by collecting light in wavelengths that the human eye cannot see and then converting that information into a range of colorized images. These images give scientists access to detailed information about the Sun’s magnetic field, sunspots, solar flares, and other solar processes.
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