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That's fucking great. I suppose this is as good a spot as any to throw this up, as it obviously relates.
Solar Tornado on the Surface of the Sun captured by Satellites over a 30 hour period..... Fucking amazing...
In the video, cooler plasma material appears as darker spots on a bright background. The SDO spacecraft recorded the video in the extreme ultraviolet range of the light spectrum, giving the movie an eerie yellow hue.
NASA released the new SDO video to mark the second anniversary of the spacecraft's mission, which launched on Feb. 11, 2010. The $850 million spacecraft is on a five-year mission to record high-definition videos of the sun to help astronomers better understand how changes in the sun's solar weather cycle can affect life on Earth.
The sun is currently in an active period of its 11-year weather cycle. The current cycle is known as Solar Cycle 24 and will peak in 2013.
That was a great video. I liked the one they had on there about Saturn's rings around Earth as well.
It makes you feel even smaller and less significant when you start comparing the size of the Sun and then other Suns. :-)
It is the fire of life. It can be kind but it can get angry. But it never throws its weight around. It is the sun. And although it is 330,000 more massive than earth and contains 99.8% of the mass in our solar system, it is small in comparison with some other stars.
The sun never cease to amaze us with its theatrics, its lava flares dancing across its surface in a ballet of nuclear fusion, sometimes leaping millions of miles into the air. And although the sun is big, its intense heat and light makes it difficult to capture good images with normal instruments. So NASA scientists use an Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager and an Atmospheric Imaging Assembly detector to view the ultra-violet (UV) and extreme ultra-violet lithography (EUV) wavelengths released by the sun. The resulting images are spectacular.
That first video is an oldie but a goodie. Great stuff.
Hadn't seen the second one before, but with Morgan Freeman narrating, it reminds me that "Through the Wormhole" comes back with new episodes this very week on the Science Channel here in the states. FABULOUS fucking show.
Great choices all around. I can watch stuff like this all day long. :-)
Tyson is good, but nobody did it better than Sagan;
Excellent video. Neil is great. Got a double dose of him last week, because he was on both the Daily show and Bill Maher, which was fun. He had some great zingers on Maher.
Did you watch his show on PBS? The man is an incredible intellect, and I enjoy hearing him talk about almost anything, but they had some odd choices for subject matter on it. I was surprisingly bored by some of the episodes. You have to go a long way to make Neil boring, but PBS somehow managed to do it in this case. I hope it gets a second season so they can maybe re-tool the show a bit more to his strengths.
Thanks for the link man.