NASA Releases Stunning 10-Year Time-Lapse Of The Sun

Pablo Tucker
June 28, 2020

SDO is created to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously. The Sun has been under the watch of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) for over a decade, a release from NASA said.

"From its orbit in space around Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years".

The Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft studies the solar atmosphere
The Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft studies the solar atmosphere

Now a scintillating new time-lapse video of one decade in the life of the Sun in sixty minutes was just released by NASA and it's a mesmerizing display of the star's mercurial stirrings and vast elemental power. Apart from the rise and fall in the activity of the Sun, the video might also help space scientists gather new information about the transiting planets and other eruptions in the Solar system.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center recently shared a video on their official YouTube channel which has now left people in awe.


The SDA mission of NASA was launched in the year 2010 to understand the origin of Sun's energy. NASA will continue to keep a watch on the Sun so that no significant development misses its observations.

The organisation also explained that the dark frames in the video were caused by Earth or the Moon eclipsing SDO as they pass between the spacecraft and the Sun. The SDO collected over 435 million images of the Sun also in the same period from different angles. An instrument failure in 2016 resulted in a longer blackout. The music was composed by Lars Leonhard.


In the post's caption the agency wrote that "NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory - SDO - has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade".

The images where the Sun is off-center were observed when SDO was calibrating its instruments.


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