In a video released on NASA's website this week, the 10-year time-lapse condensed into 61 minutes shows the outermost part of the sun's atmosphere, called the solar corona, that gives rise to solar wind - the hot, energized, charged particles that stream outward from the sun and fill the solar system. Still, every decade that our old sun burns on is a decade of turbulent, sometimes violent change - a fact that becomes beautifully evident in a new time-lapse video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
From its orbit in space around Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past ten years. 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).
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center recently shared a video on their official YouTube channel which has now left people in awe. The video might also offer other insights about the closest star and its influence over the solar system. "The images where the Sun is off-center were observed when SDO was calibrating its instruments", the space agency said.
The time lapse footage is believed to hold 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.
However, despite the SDO keeping its eye pointed toward the Sun, it did miss a few moments. Musician Lars Leonhard was on board to compose the theme titled 'Solar Observer'. There are also frames in the video that showcase rare instances during which planets pass between the observatory and its fiery quarry.
While an instrument failure resulted in a longer blackout in 2016.
SDO was launched on February 11, 2010.