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An epic video of the sun

I’ve written in the past about the tremendous photos from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Tuesday it upped the ante with a great video from the spacecraft’s fourth year in space. The first 15 seconds are a little slow but it picks up quickly. The music is a great accompaniment so headphones are recommended.

Some background from NASA:

[The Solar Dynamics Observatory] captures images of the sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. Different temperatures can, in turn, show specific structures on the sun such as solar flares, which are giant explosions of light and x-rays, or coronal loops, which are streams of solar material traveling up and down looping magnetic field lines. The movie shows examples of both, as well as what’s called prominence eruptions, when masses of solar material leap off the sun. The movie also shows a giant sunspot group on the solar surface. This sunspot, a magnetically strong and complex region appearing in mid-January 2014, was one of the largest in nine years.


Matt McFarland is the editor of Innovations. He's always looking for the next big thing. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.



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