NASA Takes 300 Pictures Of The Sun Every Hour For 7 Hours, Releases Them In A Spectacular GIF

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has produced dizzying pictures of the sun by taking one picture every 12 seconds for seven hours. In a post about the event, NASA wrote, “SDO images appeared to show the sun spinning, as if stuck on a pinwheel”.

Lina Tran wrote on the website saying that it’s tough for SDO’s Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) to find the sun’s edge when perfectly still so its biannual roll lets each part of the camera look at the entire perimeter of the sun, thus capturing the sun’s shape more accurately.

Conquering the sun in this manner helps scientists better predict the sun’s activities that can create endagerments for satellites and astronauts travelling to space.