the gravity of light - Solar Dynamics Observatory footage (2 of 2)



the gravity of light | 2018 | two-channel digital video installation (1:30 loop)

This video was created using data gathered by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and made available to the public courtesy of NASA/SDO and the AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams. This footage show here was used to create a digital video stained-glass window titled, "the gravity of light."

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is tethered in space about 1 million miles from Earth. It is constantly capturing data of the Sun with a number of instruments. The images used for this artwork were created by SDO's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, which images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths. The video footage used was created by stitching together images taken every 10 seconds over the course of a single rotation of the Sun on its axis.

The line work of this stained glass window is inspired by geocentric models of the universe which imagined an elegant orbit pattern for Venus' projected path through space as it revolved around Earth (the presumed center of the universe at the time).