art from the sun

I was reading the news this morning, with coffee and scone firmly in hand, when I stumbled on some beautiful art that really knocked my socks off. The artist? The scientists behind the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) mission. Two robot probes were launched last fall to help scientists better understand solar storms called coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which are the most violent explosions in the solar system. The science is cool, but the art is amazing. The photographs they are getting of the sun’s surface, and of solar flares, are these beautiful abstractions of intense color and energy. I am a bit envious – I would love to have two orbiting cameras that would let me photograph solar storms! Check these out here, here, here and here.

Credit: Hinode JAXA/NASA

Credit: Hinode JAXA/NASA, via