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This Timelapse Video of Sunspot AR 2192 Is Awesome

Our Sun is awe-inspiring—it’s like a gigantic living, breathing entity.

From Oct. 14-30, AR 2192, the largest sunspot observed for the past 24 years, could be seen from the Earth. The sunspot was around 80,000 miles wide, about the same diameter as Jupiter, and produced massive X-class and M-class solar flares

This animated video, composed of more than 17,000 images and 72 GB of data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, plats at the rate of 52,5 minutes per second, condensing 16.5 days into under 8 minutes. The animation has been rotated 180 degrees so that south is “up.”

The sound you hear is the “heartbeat” of the Sun, which is processed from SOHO HMI data.

What caused this sunspot to become so gigantic?

Scientists don’t really know—it’s just another of the Sun’s great mysteries.

John Andress
Having had many eclectic experiences and expressing interest in so many varied things in life has suited my role as Editor-in-Chief of Vision Times. Being trained in the sciences, I worked in the medical field. Scuba diving was a passion, being part owner of a scuba shop, and I enjoyed diving around the world. Raising reptiles of all sorts, including poisonous snakes, was also one of my hobbies when living in the U.S. After moving to Australia in the 80s, I became an avid organic grower of tropical fruits and vegetables, which my wife and I partake of year-round, as well as many of our friends. My newest endeavor has been to become a “bikie” — an eBikie, which I do every day not only to get exercise, but also to have a break from slaving over my computer most of the day. Obviously, China is also a passion, which is something VT specializes in, so I feel very fortunate to have a role here at Vision Times.

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