A decade in an hour: Watch NASA’s stunning solar time-lapse

Katie Ramirez
June 29, 2020

The timelapse video NASA just released is absolutely incredible.

NASA also revealed about the making of the 61-minute film.

A number of particularly noteworthy solar events that are part of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle are captured in the video, including eruptions, flares, explosions, prominences, etc.

The thorough capturing of the Sun's photos, observing each and every change in the Sun can be assessed from the fact that the SDO clicked a photo every 0.75 seconds, according to NASA.

Eagle-eyed viewers who watch the whole video will notice a few special guests at various points. It tweeted and wrote, On this Sun Day, take a look at a decade of images of the Sun, recorded by the Solar Dynamics Observatory Satellite.

While SDO has stored an unblinking eye pointed toward the solar, there have been a handful of times it skipped.

They also explained that the dark longer blackout in the video was caused due to the temporary instrument failure in the year 2016.

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This composite image is made from 151 individual SDO frames.

"The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly instrument alone captures images every 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light", NASA said in a statement.

Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE), meanwhile, measures fluctuations in the Sun's ultraviolet output.

The video shows an entire decade of activity on the Sun in the span of a single episode of, well, name your favorite television series.

This is the regular Sun cycle, where it moves from a period of high activity called the Solar Maximum to a period of low activity called the Solar Minimum.

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

The space agency has an online library of the SDO's greatest shots in the last decade, including unusual plasma tornados in 2012 and dark patches called "coronal holes" where extreme ultraviolet emission is low.

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