NASA time-lapse video shows sun activity over the past 10 years

A NASA spacecraft is perched in Earth orbit have been monitoring the sun for the last ten years. This one year shy of a full solar cycle time required for the sun’s North Pole and South pole flip.

On June 2, 2010 and June 1, to 2020, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured 425 million high-resolution images of our star. This is about a snapshot every 0. 75 seconds, on average. The group has recently compiled some clips into a charming, hours of video of the sun movement.

Every second of the video represents a day in the Sunshine of life.


The passage of time makes the sun look like a spinning disco dance: brilliant places, hazy in others.

This is because it of the hot gases are constantly moving. In the 11-year solar cycle, The Sun’s magnetic field can become tangled and extension. This creates a Sunspot:a dark cooler patches on the solar surface formed when magnetic field is particularly strong.

In October 2014, NASA recorded the largest Sunspot in almost a quarter of a century of a patch about the size of Jupiter. The sunspots set off multiple explosions known as solar flares, which showed bright flashes of video. The same month, the light and dark pattern of the solar surface bore a striking resemblance to Jack-o-lantern on Halloween.

The sun’s magnetic energy reaches its peak—known as a solar maximum—2014. During this period, explosions and bombs on the surface of the sun is so violent, they can be seen as a light from the Earth’s surface. Solar maximum, can also trigger power outages and electricity shortages.

The sun’s magnetic activity has decreased since then, but NASA observers still managed to capture some of the noteworthy activities of the mercury through the front of the sun in December 2019. The event will not happen again until 2032.

A few snapshots, however, missing. The video is peppered by the occasional dark frame, on the Earth or the moon passes between the sun and NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory. In 2016, a technical issue also caused the camera to go offline for about a week.

But in most cases, these videos are representative of all the sun the wax off and reduced activity in the past ten years.

Scientists are now guessing whether the sun may have gone into the next solar cycle. NASA observers captured a unique solar flare on 29—maximum from October 2017. This may be a sign that activity on the sun has started to rise, but it may take another six months or a year to know for sure.

At the same time, NASA will put it in the camera.

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