A Stunning Timelapse of the Sun
Sure, NASA releases incredible video of the sun pretty frequently—but you've never seen the celestial body quite like you do in this stunning 4K timelapse created by James Tyrwhitt-Drake. Composed of more than 17,000 ultraviolet images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), the animation—which is playing at a rate of 52.5 minutes per second—shows the surface of the sun from October 14 to 30. The star of the show is AR 2192, a sunspot bigger than Jupiter, and in fact, the largest sunspot in the last two solar cycles (22 years!). The tempermental spot produced 10 solar flares during this period, some 200,000 kilometers (124,274 miles) high, according to astronomer Phil Plait at Slate. The audio, Plait notes, "is not real; it’s made from visible light data by SDO’s Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager, which maps motions on the Sun’s surface, which was then converted into sound by solar astronomer Alexander Kosovichev." Enjoy!