This is how the sun looked for the ESD on August 13, 2012.
NASA video screenshot by Amanda Kooser / CNET
What are you doing this weekend? Please reply, "Watch a one-hour NASA time-lapse video that shows an entire decade of the sun." You will not regret it.
NASA released a truly epic video on Wednesday that summarizes 10 years of Solar Dynamics Observatory's views of our star. Every second represents a day and it takes more than an hour to travel over time from June 2, 2010 to June 1, 2020.
The SDO spaceship is able to observe the sun safely and to witness its moods, outbursts and distances of relative calm. The video celebrates the decade of SDO observations since its launch in 2010.
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"From its orbit in space around the earth, SDO has collected 425 million high-resolution images of the sun and has collected 20 million gigabytes of data in the past 10 years," NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.
Don't worry if you notice a moment when the video goes dark. These happen when the Earth or the Moon are in the way of the SDO's view. There was also a technical error in 2016 that caused a brief camera failure.
Look out for scenic eruptions and eclipses when you see a black bite on the sun's disk. If the star jumps around, this is just an artifact from the instrument calibration process.
The corresponding space-saving music title by composer Lars Leonhard is called Solar Observer. The entire video experience is fascinating. This could be the summer movie event.