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NASA releases stunning 10-year time-lapse of the Sun

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The Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft studies the solar atmosphere

NASA has now combined some of this data into a 60 minute time-lapse of the Sun.

This 10-year time lapse showcases photos taken at a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers, which is an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the Sun's outermost atmospheric layer - the corona.

In order to capture the Sun's movement, scientists use special devices, such as the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) which is created to keep an eye on the star. "The images where the Sun is off-center were observed when SDO was calibrating its instruments", the space agency said.

The photos used for the time-lapse video were made by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly - a multichannel imaging device used for full-disc observations.

Now a scintillating new time-lapse video of one decade in the life of the Sun in sixty minutes was just released by NASA and it's a mesmerizing display of the star's mercurial stirrings and enormous elemental power.

They shared a 10-year-long incredible timelapse video of the Sun and chances are after seeing the clip you'll think that it is nothing short of magnificent. According to NASA, the Sun's magnetic field goes through a cycle, called the solar cycle. Apart from the rise and fall in the activity of the Sun, the video might also help space scientists gather new information about the transiting planets and other eruptions in the Solar system.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was launched back in February 2010 with a mission to reveal the workings of our enigmatic star, and shed light on how space weather could influence and disrupt life on Earth.

A few dark frames are caused by the Moon or Earth briefly eclipsing the Sun.

The music in the video has been composed by German musician Lars Leonhard. A longer blackout in 2016 was caused by a temporary issue with the AIA instrument that was successfully resolved after a week.

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