WATCH: NASA releases decade-long timelapse of the Sun

NASA recently released a decade-long timelapse video of the Sun. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been watching the Sun nonstop for a full decade now.

According to NASA, the SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years.


The 61-minute video showed the rise and fall in activity that occurred as part of the Sun’s 11-year solar cycle. The video was composed of images of the Sun from June 2, 2010 to June 1, 2020.

However, NASA said that while SDO there are still a few moments it missed. They 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. A longer blackout in 2016 was caused by a temporary issue with the AIA instrument that was successfully resolved after a week.”

NASA also says that SDO will continue to observe the Sun for years to come to provide more insights about outer space.

You can watch the full time-lapse in the video below:

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