NASA’s Van Gogh Sun

Late last year, NASA released Perpetual Ocean, a remarkable three minute, Van Gogh-like video showing ocean currents swirling around the globe between June 2005 and December 2007. Now, the NASA team returns with Van Gogh Sun, a clip demonstrating a new technique created by Nicholeen Viall, a solar scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center, who specializes in creating images that demystify "the mechanisms that drive the temperature and movements of the sun's atmosphere, or corona." The video above gives you the quick overview; this NASA web page (where you can also download the video) takes you deeper into Viall's world.

If you ask me, Perpetual Ocean certainly calls to mind Van Gogh's Starry Night. When it comes to these corona images, it's Van Gogh's Sunflowers at close range.

via The Atlantic

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