NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft captured this image of several large solar prominences on the edge of the sun. Credit: NASA
Within NASA, the Heliophysics department has gotten a head start using cubesats for science. One researcher used data from the NSF-funded Colorado Student Space Weather Experiment (above) to double check data from a NASA balloon mission. Credit: Credit: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder
Sun and magnetosphere
An X2.7 class solar flare flashes on the edge of the sun on May 5, 2015. This image was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and shows a blend of light from the 171 and 131 Ångström wavelengths. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Solar Dynamics Observatory
NASA Solar Probe Plus