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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