10-year timelapse of Sun released by NASA, Watch here

Pablo Tucker
June 30, 2020

Still, every decade that our old sun burns on is a decade of turbulent, sometimes violent change - a fact that becomes beautifully evident in a new time-lapse video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). "SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years".

With all of these images, astronomers and scientists were able to acquire a more deeper understanding of the inner workings of our closest star. Do note, there are timestamps in the description of the video for the viewers accessible pleasure.

Launched on February 11, 2010 from Cape Canaveral, SDO's mission is to study how solar activity is created and how Space Weather is spawned out of that intense activity that disrupt's Earth's technology systems and communications networks. It condenses those 10 years into just 61 minutes.


SDO is equipped with three instruments, the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), EUV Variability Experiment (EVE) and the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI).

The video shows the rise and fall in an activity that occurs as part of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle and notable events, like transiting planets and eruptions.

Even though the SDO kept an "unblinking eye" on the Sun, some moments was missed. A longer blackout in 2016 was caused by a temporary issue with the AIA instrument that was successfully resolved after a week.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released a 10-year timelapse of the Sun.

The music used in the time-lapse was composed by musician Lars Leonhard. 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 Sun also appears off-centre in a few images as the SDO was calibrating its instruments at the time.


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