NASA Video Shows 10-Year Time Lapse Of Sun In 61 Minutes

Pablo Tucker
July 2, 2020

More than the earlier 10 a long time, the spacecraft has gathered 425 million significant-resolution photographs of the Solar, amassing 20 million gigabytes of knowledge, NASA mentioned.

According to NASA, the information collected by SDO has enabled countless new discoveries about the workings of Earth's closest star and how it influences the solar system.

Whilst SDO has retained an unblinking eye pointed toward the Sun, there have been a handful of times it missed, NASA mentioned.

The video was released onto NASA's "Goddard" official YouTube Channel, and explains that as of June 2020, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been watching the Sun "non-stop" for over a decade.


NASA's 10-year timelapse video consists of images of the Sun's corona, the outermost atmospheric layer captured at the wavelength of 17.1 nanometers.

Compiling one photo every hour, the movie condenses a decade of the Sun into 61 minutes.

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument alone captures images each 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light-weight.

During this cycle, the Sun swings between so-called solar minimums and solar maximums that see more or fewer sunspots and solar flares.


The SDA mission of NASA was launched in the year 2010 to understand the origin of Sun's energy.

Although the SDO has been focused directly at the sun for the past decade, the video has some dark frames caused by the Earth or the moon passing between the satellite and the sun.

A extended blackout in 2016 was induced by a temporary issue with the AIA instrument that was properly resolved following a 7 days.

The custom music used in the video, titled "Solar Observer", was composed by musician Lars Leonhard. At some moments in the video the sun moves off centre, this is due to the SDO calibrating its instruments.


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