NASA releases spectacular 10-year timelapse of the sun
|CTVnews 02 Jul 2020 at 12:06|
Since 2010, the SDO has collected , amassing 20 million gigabytes of data. Using a variety of instruments, it was able to capture new images of the sun every 0.75 seconds for 10 years. Those images were spliced together to create the time-lapse video shown below.
A decade of sun activity was condensed into the 61-minute video which features notable events, like transiting planets and solar eruptions. The SDO was launched in February 2010 to help researchers understand the suns influence on Earth by studying the solar atmosphere.
While the SDO has been determined to capture every moment of the sun, there were a few instances where that wasnt possible. The dark frames that appear in the video are caused by the Earth or moon eclipsing as they pass between the spacecraft and the sun. A temporary issue with one of the atmospheric imaging instruments led to a longer blackout in 2016.