NASA video showed the "life" of the Sun in ten years
Jun 30 2020
The video has been watched by hundreds of thousands of people on YouTube, Twitter and other social media platforms.
The video has been made possible by the three instruments on-board SDO, which are still going strong after more than 10 years.
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. Each second of the video represents one day in the sun's life, and the entire decade blazes by in about 60 minutes (though you can see our 6-minute highlight reel above).
Over the course of 10 years the hardy probe has taken an image of our star on average once every 0.75 seconds, amassing an impressive 425 million images of the Sun, and transmitting 20 million gigabytes of data back to Earth. This information has enabled countless discoveries about the workings of our closest star and how it influences the solar system.
While SDO has stored an unblinking eye pointed toward the solar, there have been a handful of times it skipped.
And though NASA's SDO has watched the Sun without respite for 10 years, there are notable anomalies during the time-lapse.
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.
This is the standard sun cycle, where it moves from a time of high action called the Solar Maximum to a time of low action called the Solar Minimum.
The music in the video has been composed by German musician Lars Leonhard. A lengthier blackout in 2016 was prompted by a short term challenge with the AIA instrument that was efficiently settled following a week.
The Sun also appears off-centre in a few images as the SDO was calibrating its instruments at the time.