Life on Earth could not exist without the gigantic nuclear power station of the sun. If it “turned off”, the life on our planet would end. Solarium, a video installation by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), puts visitors in the hearth of the sun, surrounded by dynamic visuals of the giant star’s turbulent gas atmosphere exploding and erupting.
In the last five years SDO has been watching the sun, taking one picture a second and collecting data. The imagery was then paired with audio created at Stanford University in California, with the end result being a truly immersive setting.
The installation permits the viewer to plunge directly in the sun and to closely enjoy an artificial but nonetheless magnificent indoor sun. Luckily, the real sun is expected to remain on for the next few billion years.