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NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory released an epic time-lapse video this week of our sun spinning in the universe for the last three years.
The project began in the spring of 2010, and since then NASA has photographed our closest star, checking out solar activity in its 11-year cycle.
The video is amazing, but there's a scientific pursuit behind all their work.
"SDO’s glimpses into the violent dance on the sun help scientists understand what causes these giant explosions (solar flares and coronal mass ejections) - with the hopes of some day improving our ability to predict this space weather," NASA wrote.
The video captured many solar events over the last three years, including "two partial eclipses of the sun by the moon, two roll maneuvers, the largest flare of this solar cycle, comet Lovejoy, and the transit of Venus," NASA says.
It's difficult to pick out each instance while the video is playing, so here's a breakdown of the video via NASA.
00:30;24 Partial eclipse by the moon
00:31;16 Roll maneuver
01:11;02 August 9, 2011 X6.9 Flare, currently the largest of this solar cycle
01:28;07 Comet Lovejoy, December 15, 2011
01:42;29 Roll Maneuver
01:51;07 Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012
02:28;13 Partial eclipse by the moon
Here's the video, which spans three years, using two images per day.