NASA has released a stunning ultra-high definition video of the Sun by putting together the images captured by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Since its launch in early 2010, SDO has been keeping an eye on the entire disk of the Sun 24/7.
As NASA puts it, SDO captures images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which highlights a different temperature of solar material. Highlighting different temperatures helps NASA keeps track on structures on the Sun’s activity such as solar flares and streams of electrified plasma that travels up and down along the curving lines of powerful magnetic fields known as coronal loops.
“Scientists study these images to better understand the complex electromagnetic system causing the constant movement on The Sun, which can ultimately have an effect closer to Earth, too. Flares and another type of solar explosion called coronal mass ejections can sometimes disrupt technology in space. Moreover, studying our closest star is one way of learning about other stars in the galaxy,” says NASA in a statement at Goddard Media Studios.
Watch the video below, experience the spectacular portrait of the Sun like never before.
Hat Tip: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center