The Sun in ultra-HD

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Daang, NASA. Using images of the sun taken in space, NASA constructed this super-detailed view of what the star looks like.

In space, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or 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 SDO images of the sun in unprecedented detail. Presented in ultra-high definition, the video presents the dance of the ultra-hot material on our life-giving star in extraordinary detail, offering an intimate view of the grand forces of the solar system.

The results are mesmerizing.

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