Sometimes, in very rare circumstances, art and science can fuse and become one. Such is the case with a new video produced by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Using gradient filters commonly applied by photographers and graphic designers, NASA fine-tuned their high resolution videos of recent solar activity to reveal a new stunning level of detail and complexity in the sun that just might take the viewers’ breath away.
The extra level of detail these filters provide helps scientists study the different layers that make up coronal loops, Karen Fox explained in a post on NASA’s website.
“These loops can vary in complexity over the sun’s 11-year activity cycle, becoming more or less intertwined and inter-connected,” she wrote. “Observations of this phenomena can help researchers understand what’s happening with the sun’s complicated magnetic fields that can also power great eruptions on the sun such as the solar flares or coronal mass ejections.”
The video below was published by NASA on Thursday, October 18, 2012.