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NASA releases stunning 30 minute 4K video of the Sun

NASA releases stunning 30 minu...
The ultra high resolution video was created from data harvested by the Solar Dynamics Observatory
The ultra high resolution video was created from data harvested by the Solar Dynamics Observatory
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The ultra high resolution video was created from data harvested by the Solar Dynamics Observatory
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The ultra high resolution video was created from data harvested by the Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASA has released ahalf hour video of our Sun in breathtaking 4K detail. The video wascreated from images and data captured by the agency's Solar DynamicsObservatory (SDO) as it continues its mission to observe solaractivity and unlock the mysteries surrounding the interior mechanicsof our parent star.

Launched in February2010 atop an Atlas V-401 rocket, the SDO was designed to captureimages of Earth's closest star once every 12 seconds from an inclinedgeosynchronous orbit. The probe observes the Sun simultaneously inten wavelengths, each of which monitors a different range oftemperatures, allowing astronomers to build up a comprehensive viewof our star.

The newly-releasedvideo displays solar activity in all ten of the captured wavelengths,each of which is represented in a different color, and serves as avisual representation of NASA's mission to understand Earth's nuclearneighbor.

According to NASA, ittook an impressive 300 hours to create the piece, which boasts aquality eight times the resolution of standard HD video.

The full video can be seen below.

Source: NASA

NASA | Thermonuclear Art – The Sun In Ultra-HD (4K)

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