2016-205 – Here Comes the Sun Mandala

The Sun as seen from the Solar Dynamics Laboratory
The Sun as seen from the Solar Dynamics Laboratory

This Week’s MotD Theme: Golden Yellow

Without the sun, life as we know would cease to exist. That being said, it’s amazing how we tend to take it for granted. Every day, like clockwork, it “rises” and “sets” … even though in reality it’s continuously doing what it does regardless of whether it’s actually within our view or hidden “behind” us.

At NASA, the good people involved with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission, among a great many other things, oversee the SDO’s task of capturing images of the sun multiple times daily. This particular image was taken today, July 23, at 4:56:59 UT from their “Sun Now” page.

I like this one because it shows us varying “degrees” of golden yellow activity, with several bright flare ups that, even through the “filter”, manage to let us see it’s true, hot gassy nature.

From NASA’s site about the SDO’s mission:

SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun’s influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.

Check out the SDO’s gallery of spectacular solar images via their online gallery.

Inspiration For Today

Today’s MotD reminds us that while most days we go about doing what we do with little fanfare or acknowledgement, there are times when we do get to have some pop-up, in-the-sun moments. It’s okay to bask in them for a bit; then it’s time to continue on with business as usual.

Happy Coloring!

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