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Three Years in the Life of Our Sun: VIDEO


A stunning three-year time-lapse of the celestial body that gives us life:

In the three years since it first provided images of the sun in the spring of 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun's rise toward solar maximum, the peak of solar activity in its regular 11-year cycle. This video shows those three years of the sun at a pace of two images per day.


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  1. Thank God you managed to call it "stunning." Please never, never come up with a synonym, or another way of complimenting something visually; just keep calling everything "stunning" until you've drained the word any meaning whatever.

    Also, if you could continue to use the phrase "hits his desk" in every single story about same-sex marriage in Delaware, that would be great.

    Posted by: NotA | Apr 23, 2013 9:12:51 PM

  2. Wow, NotA, did you have your grumpy-o's this morning?

    Posted by: octobercountry | Apr 23, 2013 9:37:12 PM

  3. Wow, NotA, Who shat in your cereal today?

    Posted by: HkFca | Apr 23, 2013 9:56:26 PM

  4. This is nice, it is certainly striking, but I guess I knew all along that it happened this way. It's always good to appreciate the marvel of the cosmos and our consciousness in it which brings us such pictures of it.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 23, 2013 11:50:58 PM

  5. Things like this make you realize that you are just a small piece of the universe...

    Posted by: | Apr 24, 2013 12:06:12 AM

  6. Such a happy nerdgasm was had with this

    Posted by: thrutch | Apr 24, 2013 12:18:54 AM

  7. Happy NASA is using music with their vids. someone finally got the message.

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 24, 2013 11:42:18 AM

  8. Beautiful background music too..

    Posted by: Luke | Apr 24, 2013 4:14:48 PM

  9. If you want to get an even stronger sense of the vastness of what goes on around us, try watching the post here containing the Joe Hanson Pollination video right after this one. From the very small to the vast all in 10 minutes

    Posted by: Buster | Apr 24, 2013 6:50:45 PM

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