NASA Fits 10-Year Time Lapse of Sun Into 61 Fiery Minutes

Up close and personal, here is 10 years in the life of our Sun with stunning flares, explosions, and eruptions.
Derya Ozdemir

NASA has released a mesmerizing video that has compiled a decade of the Solar Dynamics Observatory's (SDO) views of our star. Up close and personal, you can watch this video that lasts one hour, and with each second representing a day, it takes 61 minutes to time travel across June 2, 2010, to June 1, 2020. 

The SDO views the sun and encounters its highs and lows, stunning flares and explosions, and its calm days that are on the rare side. The video celebrates SDO's decade of observations since its launch in 2020. 

In a press release, NASA stated, "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 10 years. This information has enabled countless new discoveries about the workings of our closest star and how it influences the solar system."

And SDO's unblinking eye directed at our Sun reveals a stunning video indeed. You can see scenic outbursts, an eclipse, and its fiery surface bouncing around. With a music track from composer Lars Leonhard called Solar Observer, this video presents a hypnotizing, one of a kind experience that will surely make you think about our existence — or at least about how hot it must be at our Sun.

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