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Thermonuclear Art, 2015


The Sun is a mesmerizing theater for high drama in this ultra-high definition video. We’re looking at our life-giving star through the wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light. The Sun is always changing and different temperatures show different phenomena, from solar flares — gigantic explosions of light and x-rays — to coronal loops, streams of solar material traveling up and down looping magnetic field lines. Scientists study these images to better understand the electromagnetic system causing the constant movement on the Sun, which can ultimately have an effect closer to Earth, too. One minute of this timelapse video is equivalent to six hours of real-time video of the Sun’s rotation.

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