NASA solar flare data looks an awful lot like abstract art

When it comes to abstract art, it seems anyone can have a crack at it—it’s all interpretive, after all. Now, even the Sun's solar flares are a work of art, with thanks to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

OK, it’s not actual art; it’s actually a visualization of the heating and cooling of plasma erupting from the Sun’s flares—and it just happens to look like an oil painting. SDO took images of one really active sunspot over six wavelengths in a 24-hour period, and then gathered heat data on the plasma. It then processed that data one pixel at a time, and it resulted in these curious shots.

The image above is just one a few different ones captured by SDO, so be sure to check out the rest to work out which is your favourite. This is certainly one form of art I’d love to hang on my walls at home.

[Solar Dynamics Observatory via Geekosystem]

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