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Weather Satellite Captures Sun’s Full Rotation

One of NOAA’s weather satellites, or geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES-East), has captured images showing the sun’s full rotation for the month of March with its solar ultraviolet imager.

This spectacular imagery was posted on Thursday, May 10, by the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), showing a timelapse of the rotation. The sun rotates once every 27.5 days.

The agency said it is important to monitor the sun’s atmosphere because it can affect Earth in many ways.

“Solar changes have the potential to disrupt power grids, air navigation systems, and satellites, among other impacts,” the agency wrote on their Facebook post.

 

Credit: NOAA NCEI (National Centers for Environmental Information) via Storyful