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

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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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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