NASA's 'Van Gogh' Data Visualization of the Sun

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Color-coding temperature shifts on the surface of the sun reveals striking patterns in this short video from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Drawing on data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the visualization comprises 160,000 pixels: 

The color of each pixel contains a wealth of information about the 12-hour history of cooling and heating at that spot on the sun. That history holds clues to what drives the temperature and movements of the sun's atmosphere, or corona.

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