Watch: FIRE-SPITTING time-lapse images of Sol showcase NASA's sun-gazing highs

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Vid NASA has released an impressive time-lapse vid of our sun, to mark five years since the US space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) project began.

The video shows off the highlights of NASA boffins gazing at old Sol.

NASA said in a back-slapping post to celebrate SDO's fifth anniversary:

Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massive explosions on the sun grow and erupt ever since its launch on Feb. 11, 2010.

The imagery is also captivating, allowing one to watch the constant ballet of solar material through the sun's atmosphere, the corona.

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Among other things, the vid shows us breathtaking images of " giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the sun's surface." ®

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