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Michael König

WATCH: We're Totally Humbled by This Glorious Solar Time-Lapse

FIONA MACDONALD
10 APR 2015

Sure, our Sun is a source of unbridled energy, the centre of our Solar System and the reason for our very existence, but as this new time-lapse footage reveals, it's also a living, breathing, mesmerising fire beast in its own right. And we can't stop watching.

 

Composed of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory footage filmed between 2011 and 2015, Michael König's "SUN" captures a breath-taking solar activity in such close-up detail you'll think you were really there - including coronal rain, the transit of Venus and plenty of eruptions.

Some of this activity trickles down to affect us here on Earth, in the form of spectacular aurorae, geomagnetic storms and eclipses. But most of the time we humans are pretty naive to just how dynamic and ever-changing our home star really is.

So check out König's beautiful film above and feel humbled. And for those keeping score, below is a full list of the solar activity included in the time-lapse, taken from König's Vimeo page.

Scenes in order of appearance:

1. Long shots of solar activity | October 2013

2. Boiling solar prominence | February 2013

3. Close up active regions | October 2013

4. Launching filament | November 2011

5. Twisting prominence | September 2012

6. Close up solar activity | October 2014

7. Solar prominence | July 2013

8. Lunar transit | January 2014

9. Solar prominence dance | December 2012

10. Solar activity | October 2013

11. Plasma eruption | September 2012

12. Coronal rain | July 2012

13. Close up active regions | October 2013

14. Trebuchet eruption | February 2011

15. Solar prominence | October 2013

16. Venus transit | June 2012

17. Extreme solar eruption | June 2011

18. Filament eruption & ’canyon of fire’ | September 2013

19. Erupting solar filament | March 2015

20. Comet ’lovejoy’ passes sun | December 2011

21. Earth eclipse and dark prominence | September 2012

Source: Vimeo