NASA’s Mesmerizing 4K Video of the Sun Is Thermonuclear Art in Ultra HD

An unchanging fixture in our daily lives, we rarely give the sun a second thought. The gorgeous 30-minute 4K video below, which was created by NASA, provides viewers with a new and highly unique view of the star our planet gracefully orbits.

With the power of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory we are finally able to clearly see the dozens of bright golden flares as they flash across the sun’s surface in a spectacular display of raw power and beauty. The SDO creates images of the sun in 10 wavelengths and captures video in ultra HD to reveal details never before imagined.

Set to soothing music, this video is a true visual treat. So sit back, relax, smoke 'em if you got 'em, and prepare to be astounded. (But skip ahead to the 45-second mark; it takes a while to get going.)

(Via Laughing Squid)