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Five Years Of Beautiful Solar Activity Condensed Into One Spectacular Time-Lapse Video

Stare at the sun for as long as you want (well, three minutes) without burning out your eyes.

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To celebrate five years since the launch of their Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), NASA released this hypnotically beautiful time-lapse video, allowing us to finally scratch that compulsive itch we’ve all had since childhood (admit it...) when we were told by an adult not to stare at the sun.

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NASA Creates Awesome iPad App for Science Education

The new "Visualization Explorer" app takes NASA's trove of satellite data and brings it to life in a free app.


The space shuttle program may be over, but NASA's ability to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math experts is as strong as ever. On Tuesday they released a free iPad app, the Visualization Explorer, which "allows users to easily interact with extraordinary images, video, and information about NASA's latest earth science research."

Designed by media specialists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the app's incredible visuals come from computer images based on data captured by NASA's satellites. The app has the potential to make teaching and learning about science a lot cooler. Imagine how instead of simply reading about topics like "climate change, aerosols, glaciers, hurricanes, volcanoes and wildfire" in a textbook, students with access to the app can explore the data-based visualizations and see those topics truly brought to life.

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