NASA releases incredible 10-year time lapse of the Sun

James Marshall
June 30, 2020

For the objective of the time-lapse, NASA compiled a photo of the Sun taken every hour down to a 60-minute video.

The video has been made possible by the three instruments on-board SDO, which are still going strong after more than 10 years. "The images where the Sun is off-center were observed when SDO was calibrating its instruments", the space agency said.

Till the end of the decade, SDO had utilised total of 20 million GB of space to capture 435 million high resolution images of the Sun, NASA reports.

With all of these images, astronomers and scientists were able to acquire a more deeper understanding of the inner workings of our closest star.

In 2016, NASA had also released a time-lapse of Mercury zipping past the Sun in a rare transit.

The video offers a glimpse of the outermost part of the Sun's atmosphere, known as the solar corona, which is usually hidden by the bright light of the Sun's surface and only seen during eclipses. Each second of the video represents one day in the sun's life, and the entire decade blazes by in about 60 minutes (though you can see our 6-minute highlight reel above).

The photos come from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a spacecraft launched a decade ago from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Firstly, the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) is a battery of four telescopes created to photograph the Sun's surface and atmosphere.

NASA has released a stunning 10-year time-lapse video of the Sun, condensing a decade of activity into one hour.

SDO is created to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.

However, despite the SDO keeping its eye pointed toward the Sun, it did miss a few moments. The video also has background music titled Solar Observer.

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