Incandescent Sun


This video takes SDO images and applies additional processing to enhance the structures visible.  While there is no scientific value to this processing, it does result in a beautiful new way of looking at the sun.  The original frames are in the 171 Angstrom wavelength of extreme ultraviolet.  This wavelength shows plasma in the solar atmosphere, called the corona, that is around 600,000 Kelvin.  The loops represent plasma held in place by magnetic fields.  They are concentrated in “active regions” where the magnetic fields are the strongest.  These active regions usually appear in visible light as sunspots.

The events in this video represent 24 hours of activity captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory,  over 24 hours on September 25, 2011, emphasised in vivid blues, greens and yellows.

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Animation Number: 10990
Completed: 2012-05-21
Animators: Tom Bridgman (GST) (Lead)
Scott Wiessinger (USRA)
Video Editor: Scott Wiessinger (USRA)
Producer: Scott Wiessinger (USRA)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: SDO
SDO/AIA/171 Filter
Series: Narrated Movies
SDO – Footage

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