NASA sun mission spots  space

stunning solar eclipse in

NASA's Solar Observatory (SDO)

caught the solar eclipse in action from its unique vantage point in space, the only spot where this eclipse was visible

 At the peak of the eclipse

the moon covered 67% of the sun, and lunar mountains were backlit by solar fire.

SDO usually looks at the 

sun as the source of space weather or radiation in space that affects the Earth. it studies the sun's magnetic field, and sunspots 

SDO launched in 

February 2010 and forms part of a network of solar spacecraft from NASA and its partner agency

Scientists are interested

 in coronal mass ejections of charged particles, which can create colorful auroras in Earth's atmosphere 

Usually CMEs are harmless,

 but strong bursts may disrupt satellites, power lines and other infrastructure

NASA's Solar Forecast Is 

Turning Out to Be Wrong