Sun  ID: 11062

Van Gogh Sun

Why is the sun's atmosphere so much hotter than its surface? To help solve this mystery, a NASA scientist recently analyzed satellite images of the sun in a way that yielded colorful strokes reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. But this is science, not art. Each processed, color-coded image shows how material in the sun's atmosphere changed temperature over a 24-hour period. Red, yellow and orange were chosen to represent areas that cooled, while blue and green highlight areas that warmed. Watch the videos to see a gallery of these scientific works of art and learn how they were made.

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Scott Wiessinger (USRA)

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Scott Wiessinger (USRA)

Scott Wiessinger (USRA)
Nicholeen Viall (NASA/GSFC)

Scott Wiessinger (USRA)

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Nicholeen Viall (NASA/GSFC)

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Karen Fox (ADNET)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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