We gather, analyze, disseminate, probe: What is this thing? What must be done? When can life return to normal? And we hide, while the latest iteration of an ancient biochemical cipher ticks on, advancing itself at our expense.
A 10-year timelapse video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which has been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade.
With a triad of instruments, SDO captures an image of the Sun every 0.75 seconds. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument alone captures images every 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light. This 10-year time lapse showcases photos taken at a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers, which is an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the Sun’s outermost atmospheric layer — the corona. Compiling one photo every hour, the movie condenses a decade of the Sun into 61 minutes.
Swooning and naked in its pride, the 17-song compilation album, advertised in 60-second hallucinations disguised as infomercials, was a warm vat of music that we might today refer to loosely as “new age.”