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How Old Is Sunlight?

How Old Is Sunlight?

The speed of light is pretty darned fast, but given just how far the Earth is away from the Sun, its light doesn’t get here instantly. It’s Okay to Be Smart teaches us how it’s not just a simple math equation, but complex astrophysics explain how sunlight is much older than you’d think.

A Decade of Sun

A Decade of Sun

Since 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured more than 425 million images of the Sun, with a still recorded once every 0.75 seconds. By grabbing one of these pictures from each hour, this time-lapse video condenses 10 years of footage down to just 61 minutes. Put on your sunglasses, sit back, and relax.

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Solar Storms vs. Civilization

Solar Storms vs. Civilization

Solar flares and coronal mass ejections are frequent occurrences on the Sun. Some have been known to disrupt radio waves, but could they actually cause damage? Kurzgesagt stares directly into the Sun to educate us on solar storms, why they occur, and if a strong enough super storm could actually wipe out civilization.

Sun Dance

Sun Dance

Filmmaker Seán Doran processed about a week’s worth of data captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to create this awe-inspiring UHD video of the Sun’s activity. Max out the resolution, go full screen, dim the lights, and crank up the audio for a truly hypnotic journey to our Solar System’s number one life-giver.

Sun Moon London

Sun Moon London

Photographers are always looking for the perfect light, and we think that Luke Miller found it when he shot his short film of the sun and the harvest moon on 10/5/2017 and the supermoon on 1/1/2018 around London, England. That orange light is spectacular.

7-Year Solar Time-lapse

7-Year Solar Time-lapse

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been capturing high-def images of our sun for more than 7 years. Here’s footage captured by two of their systems – the larger one showing visible light, the smaller one showing extreme UV light, and the line graph displays sunspot activity.

Bringing the Sun to the Earth

Bringing the Sun to the Earth

Kurzgesagt’s latest thought experiment explores what might happen to us if we somehow managed to load up bits of the Sun brought them right here to Earth. Depending on which part you captured, it could simply vanish, or destroy life as we know it.

Shadow of the Eclipse

Shadow of the Eclipse

Lots of us stayed outside to watch the big solar eclipse this week, but this isn’t the view any of us saw. Instead of looking up at the skies, the University of Wisconsin Madison time-lapsed weather satellite imagery to track the shadow of the moon as it crossed the US.

Melting Pennies in the Sun

Melting Pennies in the Sun

A demonstration of just how intense the heat of the Sun can be when concentrated through a fresnel lens. It takes less than a minute to turn what was once a solid metal penny into a molten pile of goo. Also, we’ve just subscribed to Let’s Melt This.

Sun Dogs over Moscow

Sun Dogs over Moscow

Here’s one of those amazing phenomena that you can’t believe actually occurs on our planet. melkiy582 captured this awe-inspiring footage of these solar parhelia and an accompanying halo while riding the train in Moscow.

The Power of the Sun

The Power of the Sun

By turning the screen of an old rear-projection TV into a giant fresnel magnifying lens, Grant Thompson magnifies the light of the sun to cook food, boil liquid, ignite fuel, and melt pennies.

SunVolt Solar Charger

SunVolt Solar Charger

Solar chargers are handy, but most of them take forever to power up your gear. The SunVolt’s fold-flat panel is capable of charging multiple gadgets as fast as if they were plugged into the wall.

The Power of the Sun

The Power of the Sun

Creative agency The Barbarian Group illustrates a tiny bit of the Sun’s energy, using an exploding hydrogen- and helium-filled balloon and 24 cameras for the GE Show’s solar technology series.

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Mirror Melts Rock

Mirror Melts Rock

Using an incredibly well-focused mirror, this thing can harness the power of the sun into a 3500°C, rock-melting weapon. If you thought frying ants with a magnifying glass was something…

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