New NASA video shows three years of Sun in three minutes

April 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has been continuously recording the sun's cycle even since it shoared the first images of the celestial body in the spring of 2010.

On Monday, NASA's YouTube channel premiered a 3-minute video presenting their findings after three years of unbroken sun coverage set to the sound of Martin Lass's "A Lady's Errand of Love."

According to the video's description, "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 Kelvin. In this wavelength it is easy to see the sun's 25-day rotation as well as how solar activity has increased over three years."

Among the phenomena that occurs during NASA's presentation are: a Partial eclipse by the moon at the 00:30 mark; the Comet Lovejoy seen on December 15, 2011 at the 01:28 mark and the transit of Venus seen on June 5, 2012 at the 1:62 mark.

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