Tapping into the vast database of imagery form NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory
Location: MICA’s Pinkard Gallery, 1401 West Mount Royal Avenue
Sponsors: Universities Space Research Association
Tapping into the vast database of imagery form NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, artists have created a work of projected video art that provides the viewer with an immersive experience of the dynamic sun’s surface. Scientists use NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to record solar flares and eruptions. These recordings are made in binary code and computers translate that code into back and white pictures. The images are then colorized based on wavelength of ultraviolet light, with the varying colors highlighting different events on the sun’s surface. Artists have merged these images, that are taken almost once per second, into an immersive, moving large scale projection that transports the viewer into space.