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Watch A Stunning Full Year (2015) of Our Sun in Action

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NW7US, Mar 15, 2016.

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  1. NW7US

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    This high-definition video shows the Sun in the 171-angstrom wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. It covers a time period of January 2, 2015 to January 28, 2016 at a cadence of one frame every hour, or 24 frames per day. This timelapse is repeated with narration by solar scientist Nicholeen Viall and contains close-ups and annotations. The 171-angstrom light highlights material around 600,000 Kelvin and shows features in the upper transition region and quiet corona of the Sun.

    The Sun is always changing and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is always watching. Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of the Sun, with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through the Sun's atmosphere, the corona. SDO's sixth year in orbit was no exception. This video shows that entire sixth year--from Jan. 1, 2015 to Jan. 28, 2016 as one time-lapse sequence. Each frame represents 1 hour.

    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 Kelvin (about 1 million degrees F.) In this wavelength it is easy to see the Sun's 25-day rotation.

    During the course of the video, the Sun subtly increases and decreases in apparent size. This is because the distance between the SDO spacecraft and the Sun varies over time. The image is, however, remarkably consistent and stable despite the fact that SDO orbits Earth at 6,876 mph and the Earth orbits the Sun at 67,062 miles per hour.

    Scientists study these images to better understand the complex electromagnetic system causing the constant movement on the Sun, which can ultimately have an effect closer to Earth, too: Flares and another type of solar explosion called coronal mass ejections can sometimes disrupt technology in space. Moreover, studying our closest star is one way of learning about other stars in the galaxy. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. built, operates, and manages the SDO spacecraft for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.
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  2. N7RD

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    Very interesting, our sun is such an amazement that we all just seem to ignore.

    Ron N7RD
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  3. W5LMM

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    That was amazing!

    Things I observed: at 3:05 a huge shockwave traverses the sun.

    The equatorial region rotates faster than the polar regions.

    It is very rare that a CME is directly on the equator, the activity seems to be common NEAR the equator, but rarely centered. (good for us)
  4. NN8U

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    That big orange ball in the sky we all ignore...One of the biggest factors in "climate change"...Hmmmmmmm
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  5. W5LMM

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    YEP, EXACTLY.. But the "Global warming.. er... Climate change" INDUSTRY conveniently ignores it.
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  6. NW7US

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    Meanwhile, up on the Sun...

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