NASA releases epic 10-year timelapse of Sun

Incredible 10-Year Time Lapse of Sun From NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory [Video]

Of course, the SDO couldn't fix its gaze on the Sun 100 percent of the time.

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.

As of June 2020, the SDO spacecraft has been watching the Sun for a full decade - amassing 20 million gigabytes of data.

You can see throughout the time-lapse the rise and fall in activity that occurs during an 11-year solar cycle. For a decade, the SDO has been staring at the sun and recording each individual blip of action it can place. One of those apparatuses is the Solar Dynamics Observatory, an "unblinking eye" that watches the Sun continually.

Aside from the corona, other notable solar features and events can also be spotted in the video.

NASA also revealed about the making of the 61-minute film. The darkish frames in the video are prompted by Earth or the Moon eclipsing SDO as they pass involving the spacecraft and the solar.


NASA said: "This 10-year time-lapse showcases photos taken at a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers, which is an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the Sun's outermost atmospheric layer - the corona".

NASA will continue to keep a watch on the Sun so that no significant development misses its observations.

The video has been made possible by the three instruments on-board SDO, which are still going strong after more than 10 years. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument alone captures images every 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light.

A longer blackout in 2016 was also caused by a temporary issue with the probe's AIA instrument.

This is the regular Sun cycle, where it moves from a period of high activity called the Solar Maximum to a period of low activity called the Solar Minimum.

NASA said the SDO improves understanding of the physics behind the activity displayed by the Sun's atmosphere, which drives space weather in the heliosphere, the region of the Sun's influence, and in planetary environments. NASA hopes the mission will last for at least another decade.

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