NASA has unveiled a bewitching time-lapse video showing the “life” of the Sun over the past 10 years.
This was reported by The Guardian.
The video was created based on data collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). It was launched into orbit on February 11, 2010 as part of the Life with a Star program. Since then, for 10 years, the observatory has been monitoring changes in the Sun with the help of a number of scientific instruments (shooting with their help is carried out with a frequency of one frame for 0.75 seconds).
One of these tools is the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) camera, which takes pictures of the Sun every 12 seconds, the NASA press service informs.
In total, over 10 years, the observatory received 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun. This entire data set occupies over 20 million gigabytes.
These data were combined into a 61-minute video (every second of which represents images taken in one day).
The video shows the activity of the Sun from June 2, 2010 to June 1, 2020. In the video you can observe how the solar corona flickers and glows, how the charged particles rise above the surface of the Sun in loops.
The images are expected to help in further scientific research of the star. The SDO mission will continue to observe the Sun until 2030.