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The 'Heartbeat' of the Sun

Dec 05, 2014 | 831 videos
Video by James Tyrwhitt-Drake

The surface of the sun is nearly 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. On that surface, which is better thought of as layers of atmosphere, solar prominences erupt like fountains, pockets of gas heave through the photosphere, and massive sun spots swirl like hellish typhoons. This time-lapse by James Tyrwhitt-Drake paired those sights with an audio "heartbeat" of the sun itself, condensing two weeks of solar activity into a shade less than eight minutes of hypnotic footage.

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