Solar flare in ultra high definition video is stunning

May 24, 2017 8:02 pm Last Updated: May 24, 2017 8:02 pm


NASA captured 4K footage of a mid-level solar flare on April 17, 2106 in several different wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light, which is invisible to human eyes. Each wavelength is shown in a unique color in the absolutely stunning video below.

These solar flares are active areas of intense magnetism on the sun, and NASA scientists hope to learn more about why they occur.

This solar flare caused moderate radio blackouts, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center.


NASA posted the video with this comment: “Scientists study active regions – which are areas of intense magnetism – to better understand why they sometimes erupt with such flares. This video was captured in several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light, a type of light that is typically invisible to our eyes, but is color-coded in SDO images for easy viewing.”