This video was named an “editors’ pick” by The Atlantic and titled “The ‘Heartbeat’ of the Sun.” It’s a time-lapse view of two weeks of solar activity and includes audio of the sun itself. The second video is the view cropped to Sunspot AR 2192, the largest sunspot of the last two solar cycles. Note the sunspot alone is 14 times wider than Earth.
This is our sun. Observe, and contemplate your insignificance …
Notes from YouTube:
The surface of the sun from October 14th to 30th, 2014, showing sunspot AR 2192, the largest sunspot of the last two solar cycles (22 years). During this time sunspot AR 2191 produced six X-class and four M-class solar flares. The animation shows the sun in the ultraviolet 304 ångström wavelength, and plays at a rate of 52.5 minutes per second. It is composed of more than 17,000 images, 72 GB of data produced by the solar dynamics observatory (http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/) + (http://www.helioviewer.org/). This animation has be rendered in 4K, and resized to the Youtube maximum resolution of 3840×2160. The animation has been rotated 180 degrees so that south is “up”. The audio is the ‘heartbeat’ of the sun, processed from SOHO HMI data by Alexander G. Kosovichev. Image data courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.”Image processing and animation by James Tyrwhitt-Drake.