Thermonuclear art

30 minutes

Let the Sun’s invisible solar winds wash over you in ultra high-definition video

While solar winds – charged particles emitted from the Sun’s atmosphere – can reach the furthest edges of the solar system, their effects become visible to the human eye only when their bursts cause solar flares. This video, compiled by media specialists working with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, renders the unseen, fiery world of solar winds vividly visible, using stunning, ultra high-definition photography designed to capture 10 different ultraviolet wavelengths.

Video by NASA Goddard

Music by Lars Leonhard

Essay/History of Science
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