Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Incredible 10-Year Time Lapse of Sun From NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

Incredible 10-Year Time Lapse of Sun From NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory [Video] NASA unveils 10 years of solar activity in stunning time lapse video
Sandy Nunez | 29 June, 2020, 22:11

NASA has been recorded the Sun for over 10 years now, and to celebrate that achievement it has released a 10-year time-lapse video. With all that in mind, it's a real shame you're not supposed to look directly at it.

A triad of instruments onboard the SDO has been used to produce the stunning images that have been taken using a specific ultraviolet wavelength that lets astronomers see the Sun's outermost layer - corona.

The timelapse footage holds much value for the scientists who are interested in knowing about the functioning of the Sun and rise and fall in its activity during its 11 year solar cycle. Presently, we can appreciate it just for ourselves.

Watch the incredible video here.

The video, which is offered in up to 4k resolution, is gorgeous. It shows a wealth of activity on the star's surface early on, ramping up until there are magnetic loops of plasma covering a huge percentage of its surface. To this end it was equipped with three cutting edge scientific instruments capable of probing a range of processes occurring in and around the Sun, including keeping track of its magnetic field and the nature of the stellar wind that streams throughout our solar system. The intensity of the maximum and calmness of the minimum can vary, but the cycles themselves are very apparent.

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NASA will continue to keep a watch on the Sun so that no significant development misses its observations.

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

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

The vigilant SDO has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade.

At the point when the Sun regurgitates plasma into space, charged particles that arrive at Earth can harm interchanges satellites and even put space missions in risk. Every second of this time of the film corresponds to one day.