NASA recently released a powerful video of a recent solar flare, captured on last Friday when the flare reached its peak around 07:30 p.m. EST. The solar flare video follows NASA’s last week release of holiday lights video revealing global societal patterns and cultural differences.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the images of the solar flare, which is a huge burst of radiation emitted by the sun. Genna Duberstein, Goddard Media Studios producer, was assigned the task of illustrating the variety of light being emitted from the sun by use of different colors. This particular flare captured in a video was pretty intense, classified as X1.8 and yet we couldn’t see or felt any impact of it.
Detailed illustration helps jolts down the color play and tons of light coming from the sun, most of which don’t get down to our planet. Duberstein told Yahoo News that human eyes can’t see extreme ultraviolet. So the engineers assign color coding to the visible light to talk about them.
Prior to the release of this video, NASA released an outstanding work of Miguel Roman and his colleagues showcasing lighting patterns across the globe during holidays. The nighttime light output was studied across different regions by the space agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
The team noticed that lights remained brighter starting Black Friday through New Year’s Day, and suburban area shines about 20% to 50% brighter through the Christmas week than the rest of the year.
Similarly in the Middle East, the nighttime lighting patters differ across countries during Ramadan. The researchers found no increase or even decrease in light output in some parts of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Turkish cities also demonstrated much smaller increase in light output whereas Saudi Arabian cities showed 60% to 100% increase in their nighttime light output during Ramadan.