Pretty much any video or photo released by NASA is a stoner’s wet dream, but they’ve really captured something extra special this time.
It’s always shining, always ablaze with light and energy. In the ubiquity of solar output, Earth swims in an endless tide of particles. Every time half of the Earth faces the Sun, we experience the brightness of daytime, the Sun’s energy and light driving weather, biology and more. But in space, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) keeps an eye on our nearest star 24/7. SDO captures images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. In this video we experience images of the Sun in unprecedented detail captured by SDO. Presented in ultra-high definition video (4K) the video presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate detail, offering new perspective into our own relationships with grand forces of the solar system.
Now you can either skim through this quickly, or roll a fatty, hit the lights, spark it up and enjoy the whole thing:
Incredible. I can’t even imagine showing this video to someone 100 years ago. Just remember that one day that giant orange/yellow ball is going to explode and basically wipe all our great great great great great great grandchildren off the face of the planet. But at least we get to watch it in 4K Ultra HD until then.