425 million high resolution images of the Sun and 20 million gigabytes of data have been summarized in [this splendid video] (NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)) courtesy of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), after a decade of service.
You can see the ten-year time-lapse below.
Solar Dynamics Observatory
SDO captures an image of the Sun every 0.75 seconds . Only the AIA (Atmospheric Imaging Assembly) instrument captures images every 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light.
The video consists of photos taken at a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers, which is an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the outermost atmospheric layer of the Sun: the corona . The video shows the rise and fall of activity that occurs as part of the Sun’s 11-year solar cycle.
The music, entitled "Solar Observer", has been composed expressly by musician Lars Leonhard .