NASA's new Ultra-HD video of the sun is 30 minutes of thermonuclear art

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Nov 5, 2015, 9:46 AM EST (Updated)

Need an uplifting experience to get you through your day?  Soak yourself in the radiant rays of our spectacular sun with this hypnotic Ultra-HD video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.  The enthralling 30-minute shot of sunshine displays our star in its elemental fluctuations using 10 different wavelength filters, all set to the comforting cosmic tracks of musician Lars Leonhard’s ambient album Deep Venture.

Here's the description from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:

It’s always shining, always ablaze with light and energy. In the ubiquity of solar output, Earth swims in an endless tide of particles. Every time half of the Earth faces the Sun, we experience the brightness of daytime, the Sun’s energy and light driving weather, biology and more. But in space, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) keeps an eye on our nearest star 24/7. SDO captures images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. In this video we experience images of the Sun in unprecedented detail captured by SDO. Presented in ultra-high definition video (4K) the video presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate detail, offering new perspective into our own relationships with grand forces of the solar system.


(Via The Mary Sue)

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