Beautiful Timelapse Of A Year In The Life Of The Sun

February 16, 2016


This is a stunning 4K timelapse of the sun from January 1, 2015 to January 28, 2016. It was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which orbits earth. Hopefully they make another timelapse this year so you can all see me whizzing by on my way to my fiery death.

SDO's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The images shown here are based on a wavelength of 171 angstroms, which is in the extreme ultraviolet range and shows solar material at around 600,000 kelvins (about 1,079,540 degrees F). In this wavelength it is easy to see the sun's 25-day rotation.

During the course of the video, the sun subtly increases and decreases in apparent size. This is because the distance between the SDO spacecraft and the sun varies over time. The image is, however, remarkably consistent and stable despite the fact that SDO orbits Earth at 6,876 mph, and Earth orbits the sun at 67,062 mph.

The video really is worth a watch, even if only for a few seconds. Just make sure to ramp it up to the highest resolution for your monitor and full-screen for maximum mind-blowing potential. I watched most of it, and several times I couldn't even believe that's our son. "You mean sun?" No honey -- I'm pregnant. That's our baby boy.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to my buddy Tam, who listed 'staring at the sun' as one of his interests on his dating profile.

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