Marvel at the beauty of the universe in stunning timelapse footage of the Sun

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Apr 9, 2015

Aside from the fact that it’s a massive ball of fire at the center of our solar system, our sun is also an insanely beautiful star. Just wow.

This stunning time-lapse compilation, Michael König's Sun, features excerpts of 4K full-disk pictures in extreme ultraviolet channels, mainly using wavelengths of 30.4 nm (50,000 Kelvin) partially in combination with 17.1 nm (6.3×105 Kelvin). In layman’s terms: It compiles a ton of footage from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) maintained by the Joint Science Operations Center to show the magnanimous glory of our central star.

The compilation shows off solar flares, filaments, spicules and an overview of the sun’s atmosphere. Check out the awe-inspiring footage below and let us know what you think:

1. Long shots of solar activity | October 2013

  • 2. Boiling solar prominence | February 2013
  • 3. Close up active regions | October 2013
  • 4. Launching filament | November 2011
  • 5. Twisting prominence | September 2012
  • 6. Close up solar activity | October 2014
  • 7. Solar prominence | July 2013
  • 8. Lunar transit | January 2014
  • 9. Solar prominence dance | December 2012
  • 10. Solar activity | October 2013
  • 11. Plasma eruption | September 2012
  • 12. Coronal rain | July 2012
  • 13. Close up active regions | October 2013
  • 14. Trebuchet eruption | February 2011
  • 15. Solar prominence | October 2013
  • 16. Venus transit | June 2012
  • 17. Extreme solar eruption | June 2011
  • 18. Filament eruption & ’canyon of fire’ | September 2013
  • 19. Erupting solar filament | March 2015
  • 20. Comet ’lovejoy’ passes sun | December 2011 
  • 21. Earth eclipse and dark prominence | September 2012

(Via Sploid)