5 Years of The Sun

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The sun is a pretty large object, but it’s also pretty far away, and pretty crazy bright.  Because it’s bright though, it’s easy to see, but also hard, because it’s so bright you need special filters on any equipment you use.  Well, NASA, being the geniuses that they are, sent up a satellite to take photos of the sun, every second, of every day since it was launched in early 2010.  NASA has captured terabytes of data each day for 5 years, and they have compiled some of it together in this short 4 and a half minute long time-lapse of beauty. Yes, the time-lapse bug has entered into a 2nd straight month, lucky you:

The average solar cycle is 11 years, and we’re currently in the midst of the more active stages of one, and the above video only captures half of a full cycle, so in 6 more years, and many petabytes of data later, we can have a short time-lapse video of the sun’s solar cycle.  I’m not sure what the average person will get out of it besides a cool video with some nice music, but hey, NASA has to spend money if they have any chance of the Feds giving them more, and at least this is something that the average person can view and say, yea, that was worth it.

{Collective Press}

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