I know, I know — I don’t get modern art, either. Luckily, the picture above isn’t a painting — it’s a visualization of the heating and cooling of plasma erupting from the sun in solar flares. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory took images and gathered data on the plasma from a particularly active sunspot on six wavelengths over a twenty four hour span, then processed the data and recorded it’s hating and cooling history — one pixel at a time. The result is this amazing image and plenty of others like it, and you can check them all out — and learn more about how they’re made — in the video below.
(via Camilla Corona SDO)
- The SDO sees all sorts of cool stuff — like Earth-sized tornados on the Sun
- Here are some amazing photographs of the Sun from a little farther back
- “Magnetic ropes” could be behind solar storms