February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory or SDO, which provides incredibly detailed images of the Earth-facing side of the sun 24 hours a day. NASA has put together a pair of videos showcasing highlights from the SDO’s time observing the sun every minute of every day. It has sent back around 2,600 terabytes of data, so there was plenty of material for use in the videos.
The first video is a time lapse of image data from the last five years. The SDO captures an image of the sun’s Earth-facing side almost once per second, which makes for a smooth video when you put it all together. Over the course of about three minutes, the images shift through different parts of the visible and ultraviolet spectrum. There’s also some relaxing ambient music in the background.
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