Friday, January 27, 2023

This is what an hour on the Sun looks like over 100 days

Through time lapse techniqueNASA Goddard Space Flight Center has published a spectacular one-hour sequence that shows us 133 days of the life of the sun, Chaos and beauty at the same time where the viewer participates in the formation of large loops of plasma on the star.

Acquiring the following images required the help of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), a spacecraft launched in 2010 as part of NASA’s Living With a Star (LWS) program. Although its primary mission lasted five years, the agency says SDO should remain operational until 2030.

Image for NASA's Incredible Time-Lapse Article Shows Us Over 100 Days on the Sun in One Hour

More on what we’re about to see: The images were captured 108 seconds apart in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths with SDO’s Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment (EVE). In addition, SDO is in a geosynchronous orbit 22,000 kilometers above Earth, and orbits the Sun every 27 days, creating an ever-changing view of the star’s surface.

Agency researchers say that SDO captures an extraordinary amount of data, some 70,000 images daily. With a total of 1.5 Terabytes of data. Let’s see the sequence:

133 days on the sun

As we see it, SDO is a brilliant source of information whose goal is none other than to better understand the Sun, so that we can understand and predict space weather that affects satellites, power grids and other infrastructure. Can damage. In other words, SDO plays an important role in the effort.

Well, SDO is not the only one studying Tara. ESA’s SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) has been studying the Sun since its launch in 1995. In addition, in 2018, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe, which became the closest man-made object to the Sun, and in 2020, ESA launched it. Solar Orbiter, which will take the closest pictures of the Sun ever seen and study the star’s polar regions. [ScienceAlert]

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