FEB 21, 2016 10:07 AM PST

This Ultra-HD NASA Video Shows a 1-Year Time Lapse of the Sun

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


All year long during 2015, NASA was cooking up something awesome.

With its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA recorded footage of the Sun from January 1, 2015 to January 28, 2016. NASA has compiled all of this video footage into an ultra-HD 4K time lapse video so that the world can experience the fury of the Sun in full ultra-HD glory.

"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 kelvins (about 1,079,540 degrees F). In this wavelength it is easy to see the sun's 25-day rotation," NASA explains.

With a resolution of 3840x2160 and 29.97 frames per second, you'll see every last detail of the Sun lashing out into space.

NASA also notes that every frame in the video is the equivalent of two hours of activity. Of course, with having compressed nearly 13 months of footage into just 6.5 minutes, this is understandable.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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