The sun: our big, beautiful friend in the sky, giving us life until we all inevitably die.
While it's nice to gaze up and look at it (not staring, of course), this new 4k video from NASA is hands-down the best way to see the sun. The 30-minute long video looks like something from a sci-fi movie, but like, a million times more badass and totally real.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which was launched in 2010, captured the video. "The Sun is always changing and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is always watching," NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said in a press release. "SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of The Sun, with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through The Sun's atmosphere, the corona."
There's a lot of work that goes into making this video the majestic piece of gorgeousness that it is. According to the video, it takes ten hours to produce 1 minute of this footage. That means this video took about 300 hours to produce. (Thanks, #BasicMathSkills.)
Seeing the sun ~up close and personal~ like this could help those studying the stars. According to NASA, "Scientists study these images to better understand the complex electromagnetic system causing the constant movement on the sun, which can ultimately have an effect closer to Earth, too." Flares and another type of solar explosion called coronal mass ejections can sometimes disrupt technology in space.
Even though the sun, like all of us, will die one day, it's nice see it all bright and beautiful. For now.
You can check out the full video below: