Mesmerizing Video Captures The Sun's Surface Up Close And Personal

It's getting hot in here.

Our parents always told us not to look directly into the sun.

But now, a spacecraft from the Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the sun's atmosphere for four years, producing some of the coolest visual content we can stare at (without going blind).

The Solar Dynamics Observatory, the first mission for NASA's Living With a Star Program, is meant to help "understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth," according to its website.


The footage, shot from February 2011 to March 2015, includes scenes featuring a plasma eruption, coronal rain, as well as lunar and Venus transits. NASA calls coronal rain one of the sun's "dazzling magnetic displays.

According to Vimeo, footage was captured by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) maintained by the Joint Science Operations Center. 

Watch the mesmerizing film below:

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