NASA unbelievable releases 10-year lapse of the sun

James Marshall
June 30, 2020

Photographs from the SDO are made by capturing only a certain ultraviolet wavelength that allows experts see the star's corona, which is its outermost layer. "The images where the Sun is off-center were observed when SDO was calibrating its instruments", NASA explained.

In the upcoming years, SDO and other NASA missions will continue to watch the Sun, providing further insights about "our place in space" and information to keep astronauts and assets safe, added NASA.

However, the moments when either the Earth or some other solar system body came between the Sun and the SDO image capturing device, the images could not be clicked and those moments are represented in the video by the dark frames in the video, NASA said.

The SDO mission of NASA was launched in the year 2010 to understand the origin of Sun's energy, how the inside of the Sun works, and how energy is stored and released in the Sun's atmosphere.

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

This is the standard sun cycle, where it moves from a time of high action called the Solar Maximum to a time of low action called the Solar Minimum. One of those apparatuses is the Solar Dynamics Observatory, an "unblinking eye" that watches the Sun continually. The custom music, titled "Solar Observer", was composed by musician Lars Leonhard.

The video shows one photo of the Sun per second for every day of the last 10 years, thereby condensing a decade of the Sun into 61 minutes.

The time lapse footage is believed to hold much value for the scientists who are interested in knowing about the functioning of the Sun and rise and fall in its activity during its 11 year solar cycle. A lengthier blackout in 2016 was prompted by a short term challenge with the AIA instrument that was efficiently settled following a week.

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