25 years of solar cycles in one incredible video

(ORDO NEWS) — For a quarter century, the ESA-NASA Solar and Heliosphere Observatory (SOHO) has played an important role in helping scientists understand the essence of our solar system – the sun.

The SOHO mission kicked off 25 years ago to celebrate, ESA put together a wonderful mosaic of images, and NASA put together a wonderful slow motion video of SOHO’s “greatest hits”.

“SOHO has been the cornerstone of modern solar physics and has launched many careers, including my own,” said Professor Peter Gallagher, director of Dunsink Observatory in Dublin, Ireland, and head of astrophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Study (DIAS).

“My research team – and many others – continue to use SOHO data 25 years later. This is an amazing mission.”

About 6,000 scientific papers based on SOHO data have been published as evidence.

SOHO was launched on December 2, 1995 and was designed for just two years. But the spacecraft proved to be a workhorse, and the mission was so successful that ESA and NASA decided to extend the mission.

More than 1,500 scientists from around the world either work directly with SOHO instruments or have used SOHO data in their research programs.

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