Our Gorgeous, Graceful, Gradient Sun

by Jason Major on October 18, 2012

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Here’s a mesmerizing video from the folks over at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s visualization studio showing the Sun in a whole new light… well, a reprocessed light anyway.

Using what’s called a gradient filter, images of the Sun can be adjusted to highlight the intricate details of its dynamic atmosphere. Magnetic activity that’s invisible to human vision can be brought into view, showing the powerful forces in play within the Sun’s corona and helping researchers better understand how it affects space weather. (Plus they sure are pretty!)

Compiled into a video, these images reveal the hidden beauty — and power — of our home star in action.

Video courtesy NASA/GSFC

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A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

SAM223 October 19, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Wow! Would’nt it be really cool, er, I mean hot, to have a steady “screensaver” video of this and put on a moniter inside the fireplace and have heat come from it to heat the house!!!
Boy, now there is an idea for some inventer to make mass bucks on. And you heard it from me first. I get a percentage! Jim at starman 1000 at msn dot com.

Emil Posavac October 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

How about giving a sense of elapsed time as the video goes on?

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