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NASA does it again with 4K UHD video, releasing some absolutely spectacular footage of the Sun

by on November 2, 2015

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.

The actual visible color of the Sun is a bland white, so NASA injectos other visible colors to the UV spectrum emissions detected by its cameras

The actual visible color of the Sun is a bland white, so NASA injectos other visible colors to the UV spectrum emissions detected by its cameras

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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  • Gé Nefkens
    December 12, 2015 at 5:54 am

    This 4K mode is so revolutionair that all others bleachn
    I have Samsung 40″ CURVED 1200 Hertz with very important H265 codex
    and it is Heaven on Earth
    It makes all other TV even HD a kind of shame like looking through a milk nottle
    One adopts also another ay of looking
    So many times that iI would like freezing the screen but you miss to much then
    One doesn’t need vacations anymmore – Good for the planet
    I can’t imaging what 8k and 16 K will be in the near future
    You see I have no words for expressing how beautiful it is.
    One warning : don(t broadcast ugly things in 4K because it will be more ugly
    Just broadcast beautiful nature and humans

    It would be great PR for SES if they organized a contest of beautiful 4K videos ( in time laps slow motion eventually )
    with nice prizes
    Actually every Galaxy S6 and iphone can do the job
    so there will be massive offers
    Even most wedding films are shot in 4K, also 4K drones
    Please invite them all
    Thank You
    4K will change everything in this world
    I prefer an onion in 4K for two minutes over Rembrandt’s Nachtwacht in HD

    One praise for the CURVED and the 1200 Herz which makes the screen like paper
    and your eyes at 20 cm don’t hurt
    ( I have no Samsung Shares and I am not Korean but dutch in France
    I play music


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