Five Year Time-Lapse of the Sun Viewed Through Different Wavelengths


NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrates its fifth anniversary since it launched on February 11, 2010. SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously. This time-lapse video captures one frame every eight hours starting when data became available in June 2010 and finishing February 8, 2015. The different colors represent the various wavelengths (sometimes blended, sometimes alone) in which SDO observes the sun.