Ten Years of Solar Dynamics Observatory

  • Released Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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Here we present a continuous run of data from the AIA instrument 171 angstrom filter aboard Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Compiling one photo every hour, the movie condenses a decade of the Sun (June 2, 2010-June 1, 2020) into an almost 49 minute time lapse, where every second corresponds to 30 hours of SDO data.

There's a number of phenomema observed:

  • Earth eclipses: usually occur in February-March and August-September each year.
  • Lunar transits: We see the lunar disk block out the Sun
  • Instrument repointings for calibration purposes

Naturally this movie includes a number of events that have been explored previously:
Interesting physical features:
  • In October and November 2014, a large helmet streamer is visible extremely high above the solar limb. You can still observe it above the solar limb as it moves across the far-side of the Sun.

At various times the AIA instrument failed to collect data resulting in some large data gaps appearing in this visualization as black frames.
  • April 1, 2015: about 8 hours
  • May 13, 2015: about 6 hours
  • December 26, 2015: about 27 hours
  • August 2, 2016: about 8 days
  • April 30, 2017: about a day
  • June 28, 2018: about 18 hours


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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

Release date

This page was originally published on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 12:14 AM EST.


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