In a fantastic hour-long video, NASA’s solar-guided semi-autonomous spacecraft, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, sets a 10-year time limit for observing the sun.
In the last ten years, the spacecraft has collected 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, collecting 20 million gigabytes of data, NASA said.
During this 10-year period, images with a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers are showcased, which is a final ultraviolet wavelength that shows the outermost atmospheric layer of the Sun – the corona.
Compiling one picture per hour, the movie condenses a decade of the sun into 61 minutes.
The video shows the rise and fall of activity that occurs as part of the Sun’s 11-year solar cycle and as part of the transit of planets and fires as part of significant events.
The video has been viewed by thousands of people on YouTube, Twitter and other social media platforms.
The data that SDO has collected over the last ten years has enabled several new discoveries about the workings of the sun and how it affects the solar system.
With a trio of instruments, the SDO captures an image of the sun every 0.75 seconds.
The Atmospheric Imaging Assembling (AIA) device alone captures images of 10 different wavelengths every 12 seconds.
When the SDO had an unforgettable look at the sun, it lost a few moments, NASA said.
The dark frames in the video are due to the SDO eclipsing the Earth or the Moon as it passes through the spacecraft and the Sun.
The longest blackout occurred in 2016 due to a temporary problem with the AIA instrument which was successfully resolved a week later.
Images outside the Sun-Center were observed while the SDO was calibrating its equipment.
SDO was launched on February 11, 2010.