NASA has created its first few ultra-high definition videos, and the results are truly spectacular. Among the items released is a jaw-dropping 30-minute portrait of the Sun, which was put together from data captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
Launched in early 2010, the SDO observes the Sun around the clock, capturing images in ten different wavelengths, each of which highlights a different temperature of solar material. By observing these multiple types of radiation, NASA is able to keep tracks on a number of facets of solar activity, such as solar flares and streams of electrified plasma called coronal loops.
By putting it all together in stunning 4K resolution, NASA has created an image of the Sun as you’ve never seen it before.