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Check out NASA’s spectacular 4K UHD footage of a gigantic solar flare

by on April 27, 2016

Stephan Jukic – April 27, 2016

NASA, which is becoming quite a provider of awesome 4K footage of both deep space phenomena and our beautiful Earth itself from orbit has now released some rather impressive new video in the resolution of the Sun letting off a “mid-level” or M6.7 class solar flare.

This of course doesn’t mean that NASA is describing an event that would even remotely be considered small by the standards of size on Earth, since even small solar flares can be several times the size of our entire planet. However, this new flare isn’t as massive as some which have been recorded and reported in the past.

In any case, the event occurred in an area of the Sun’s fluid shifting geography (if it can be described as such) which is known for having above-average flare activity. From the Earth, this gigantic eruption of plasma would have looked like nothing more than a bright flash of light.

The video of the flare was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which has been keeping an electronic eye on the Sun 24/7 since its launch into space in 2010 for the sake of better understanding the mechanics behind the giant bursts of radiation and energy that are solar flares.

As many of you might know, Solar flares can cause electromagnetic interference in devices and communications systems on Earth. However this particular flare did this only briefly and lightly, mainly in the far outer atmosphere, where GPS signals move around.

All these details aside, the footage captured by NASA of the flare is downright impressive, especially with the ultraviolet simulation color filters that the agency has applied to what would natively be video captured in tones of UV light which are invisible to the human eye. Thus, this footage is not only available for viewing in full 4K ultra HD resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels but also comes in some really stunning colors which would look particularly spectacular when viewed on your 4K HDR TV if you happen to have one.

Without further ado, check out the video itself here. It’s definitely worth taking a few minutes to marvel at, and also makes a great piece of content for showing off your 4K TV’s display specs.

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  • Ben Ballard
    April 28, 2016 at 1:14 am

    WoW! Just watched it on the Sony KD55XD8509 (4K HDR). That flare was so massive it managed to pixelate part of the screen! no easy task!


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