NASA incredible releases 10-year lapse of the sun

Pablo Tucker
June 29, 2020

Images from the SDO are produced by capturing only a specific ultraviolet wavelength that lets scientists see the star's corona, which is its outermost layer. This hypnotic composite video celebrates the tenth anniversary of the SDO probe and all its myriad achivements in understanding the solar variations that affect and transform life on Earth.

The data that SDO has gathered over the past 10 years has enabled several new discoveries about the workings of the Sun and how it influences the solar system.

SDO and other NASA missions will continue to watch our Sun in the years to come, providing further insights about our place in space and information to keep our astronauts and assets safe. One image from each hour of SDO observations was used to compile the marathon 61-minute video.

NASA's decade-long mission observing the sun from an orbiting satellite has produced a stunning time-lapse video. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument alone captures images every 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light.

The credit of the video was handed to NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

NASA says the video shows the rise and fall of the solar cycle and other notable events, such as transiting planets and solar eruptions.

However, despite the SDO keeping its eye pointed toward the Sun, it did miss a few moments. They shared a 10-year-long incredible timelapse video of the Sun and chances are after seeing the clip you'll think that it is nothing short of magnificent.

Lastly, the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) maps solar magnetic fields and "peers" beneath the Sun's opaque surface using a technique called "helioseismology".

The custom music for the video is titled "Solar Observer" and has been composed by Lars Leonhard. Occasional frames where the Sun disappears entirely or appears off center represent periods during which the probe was forced to take a quick break from stargazing in order to re calibrate its delicate instruments.

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