425 Million Images of the Sun in One Spectacular Video

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The film shows the major changes the sun undergoes during a solar cycle, an approximately 11-year period which sees the sun’s north and south poles flip, and the emergence of sunspots as a result of gas altering the star’s magnetic fields.

Every second of the 61-minute video represents images taken over a single day, with the first frame showing the sun on 2 June 2010, and the last frame captured on 1 June 2020….

“While SDO has kept an unblinking eye pointed toward the sun, there have been a few moments it missed,” [NASA] said. “The dark frames in the video are caused by Earth or the moon eclipsing SDO as they pass between the spacecraft and the sun.”…

The SDO mission is expected to continue observing the sun until 2030.

The Guardian

 

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