This is a photo captured by an Expedition 43 crew member of Earth and the Sun on April 4, 2015 at around 17:15 GMT.
Edit: The live stream has concluded.
The Total Solar Eclipse of 2015
Slooh’s live stream begins on March 20, 2015 at 3:30 AM CDT (weather permitting). Slooh will be broadcasting from the Faroe Islands.
The SOHO spacecraft spotted a small comet (SOHO-2875) within its field-of-view. The first image is a composite image created from a series of SOHO LASCO C2 images captured on Feb. 19, 2015. The odd little horizontal spikes on the comet are saturation spikes caused by the comet’s brightness overwhelming the instrument’s sensor. The second image is a composite image created from a series of SOHO LASCO C3 images captured from Feb. 17-20, 2015. Cosmic rays appear in each composite image.
Updated: The small comet has been named C/2015 D1 (SOHO)
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This is a composite image of the sun created from 25 images captured by NASA’s SDO (a satellite that orbits Earth) throughout last year.
This new composite image starts on Jan. 4, 2014 on perihelion, when Earth is at its closest point in elliptical orbit to the sun, and ends on Jan. 4, 2015 on perihelion (Universal Time).
The vine video below animates the 25 images used in the composite. Aphelion, the point in Earth’s elliptical orbit when it’s farthest from the sun, occurred on Jul. 4, 2014.