NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft has been observing the sun since 2010 with the goal of understanding its influence on the Earth and near-Earth space.
Using time lapse footage captured by the SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) between 2011 and 2015, Michael König edited this cool video.
This joins a previous video he created using time lapse sequences taken by the crew of the International Space Station which reached over 10 million views and was a 2012 Lyrical Vimeo Awards Finalist.
For those interested in a bit of tech specs, Michael shared the following over on Vimeo:
“This montage features excerpts of 4K full-disk pictures in extreme ultraviolet channels,
mainly using wavelengths of 30.4 nm (50,000 Kelvin) partially in combination with 17.1 nm (6.3×105 Kelvin), and offers a glance at spicules, solar flares, filaments and an overview of the sun’s atmosphere.
The footage was captured by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) maintained by the Joint Science Operations Center (Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory in collaboration with Stanford University)”.
According to the SDO mission page the AIA takes images of the sun in 10 wavelengths every 10 seconds, providing ample of data to work with.
For those interested, Michael listed the scenes (in order of appearance) stating what is being shown and when each scene was taken:
- Long shots of solar activity | October 2013
2. Boiling solar prominence | February 2013
3. Close up active regions | October 2013
4. Launching filament | November 2011
5. Twisting prominence | September 2012
6. Close up solar activity | October 2014
7. Solar prominence | July 2013
8. Lunar transit | January 2014
9. Solar prominence dance | December 2012
10. Solar activity | October 2013
11. Plasma eruption | September 2012
12. Coronal rain | July 2012
13. Close up active regions | October 2013
14. Trebuchet eruption | February 2011
15. Solar prominence | October 2013
16. Venus transit | June 2012
17. Extreme solar eruption | June 2011
18. Filament eruption & ’canyon of fire’ | September 2013
19. Erupting solar filament | March 2015
20. Comet ’lovejoy’ passes sun | December 2011
21. Earth eclipse and dark prominence | September 2012
Three years ago Michael uploaded a time lapse video called Earth, which he created using time lapse footage captured by expeditions 28 and 29 of the ISS in August-October 2011.
Michael said he refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered and cut the original footage in order to reach the final video.
You may recall another video we recently shared captured by the SDO which showed massive solar flares.
[via Laughing Squid]