An incredible time-lapse video has been released with shows five years of images taken by Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Capturing one frame every eight hours, the amazing video compiles the images taken by the observatory from when data started to become available in June 2010 until 8 February 2015.

The stunning footage shows huge sunspots on the surface of the celestial body, along with ghiant clouds of solar material hurled out into space. The different colors of the sun represent different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light, ultraviolet light and visible light, which in turn correspond to solar material at different temperatures.

The video has been released to mark five years of Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the Earth-facing side of the sun 24 hours a day.