A new Solar Superstorms documentary

Friday, July 17, 2015

NCSA Press Release–Several scientists from HAO at NCAR, including Yuhong Fan, Mark Miesch, Nick Nelson, and Matthias Rempel, contributed to a new documentary "Solar Superstorms."

It debuted in June at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge before rolling out to more than a dozen planetariums and science centers around the world. In September it played at CU's Fiske Planetarium on the eve of HAO's 75th Anniversary celebration.

Superstorm image
A tangle of magnetic fields rising from a sunspot region. The simulation of the coronal mass ejection was conducted by Yuhong Fan and the solar surface simulation was done by Matthias Rempel, both National Center for Atmospheric Research. Their data was visualized by NCSA.

The documentary was produced by Thomas Lucas Productions, and is narrated by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The topic is Solar Superstorms and the show highlights data-driven computer simulation and visualization of the inner workings of the sun.

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) published a press release in June announcing this exciting collabortive venture (NCSA Press Release). This same announcement appears at the National Science Foundation (NSF) news site.