NASA releases stunning 10-year time lapse of Sun

Pablo Tucker
June 27, 2020

The timelapse video NASA just released is totally unimaginable.

Solar storms can affect Earth, satellites, and even spacecraft, so keeping an eye on solar activity is a must. The entire system revolves around the central star, the Sun.

The SDO mission has collected some 20 million gigabytes of information since its launch in February 2010.

Of course, the SDO couldn't fix its gaze on the Sun 100 percent of the time. With all that in mind, it's a real shame you're not supposed to look directly at it. Other than them the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) also captures the image of the Sun every 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light.

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". Now, we can enjoy it all for ourselves.

The video, which is offered in up to 4k resolution, is gorgeous. It shows an abundance of movement on the star's surface early on, increase until there are attractive circles of plasma covering a colossal level of its surface. At that point, similarly as fast as they show up, the problem areas of action appear to blur away, leaving the star looking a lot more settled. The intensity of the utmost and calmness of the minimum can change, but the cycles themselves are pretty evident.

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.

While SDO has stored an unblinking eye pointed toward the solar, there have been a handful of times it skipped. A lengthier blackout in 2016 was prompted by a short term challenge with the AIA instrument that was efficiently settled following a week. The images where the Sun is off-center were observed when SDO was calibrating its instruments. It shrinks ten a long time of sunlight observations into just around a single hour. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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