NASA does it again with 4K UHD video, releasing some absolutely spectacular footage of the Sun
Stephan Jukic – November 2, 2015
NASA, which has turned into quite an intrepid pioneer of public relations with 4K ultra HD video footage of its projects in the void of space, has now put out yet another spectacular piece of amazingly sharp 4K video of nothing less than the Sun itself.
The project, naturally enough called “Thermonuclear Art” involves the capture of ultra high resolution still images by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which grabs a single still photo evety 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths of invisible ultraviolet light as well as visible light.
Each of the invisible wavelengths is then assigned an individual visible color and the joined together sequence of still images creates what you’re about to see in NASA’s extraordinary video.
The Solar Dynamics Observatory (also known as SDO) that captured the Sun footage is an imaging spacecraft that NAS has placed in near space at a prime location for full 24/7 observation of our own domestic solar monster of nuclear fusion.
Accompanying the footage, the space flight center NASA Goddard has stated in their commentary that “Presented in ultra-high definition video (4k), the video presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate details, offering new perspective into our relationships with the grand forces of the solar system”.
You can watch an accelerated version of the full 30 minute video in this link here or the full normal half hour sequence version at the link on the clip at the bottom of this article.
According to NASA, it took a specialist media team about 10 hours of editing and composition work to create just a single minute of the rather entrancing video of the immense solar energy shifts along the Sun’s vast surface.
Furthermore, NASA has also released other 4K Ultra HF footage of Jupiter’s surface recently. This video shows the titanic and deeply majestic movement of storm clouds across the surface of the Solar System’s largest planet and puts a particular focus on the Giant Red Spot, the largest known storm in the Solar System, with a diameter wide enough to fit the earth into three times.
Here is the complete unaccelerated 30 minute NASA video of the Sun, and if you have a 4K PC monitor or are able to watch the YouTube video below in 4K UHD resolution, be sure to turn the videos settings to 4K for the full details captured by NASA’s powerful scientific cameras.
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