NASA SDO, Three Years Staring at the Sun…

After three years staring at the Sun SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) has taken a second to blink and in that blink of an eye NASA created ‘Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes.’ In three short minutes three years of the Suns life are condensed into this astounding video, the living breathing sun in action.

Produced by Scott Weissinger with music by violinist Martin Lass performing “A Lady’s Errand of Love”.

Sit back, relax and hit that play button, prepare to be taken on a journey to the center of our solar system.


According to the space agency, NASA’s (SDO) “captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths.” The video features images from the past three years, “at a pace of two images per day.”

NASA adds: “There are several noteworthy events that appear briefly in this video. They include the two partial eclipses of the sun by the moon, two roll maneuvers [by the observatory, as it changes position], the largest flare of this solar cycle, comet Lovejoy, and the transit of Venus. The specific time for each event is listed below, but a sharp-eyed observer may see some while the video is playing.

  •    “00:30;24 Partial eclipse by the moon
  •    “00:31;16 Roll maneuver
  •    “01:11;02 August 9, 2011 X6.9 Flare, currently the largest of this solar cycle
  •    “01:28;07 Comet Lovejoy, December 15, 2011
  •    “01:42;29 Roll Maneuver
  •    “01:51;07 Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012
  •    “02:28;13 Partial eclipse by the moon”

Reference: NASA SDO