This Monet-like close-up of an erupting active region (brightest area) combines three color-coded wavelengths of extreme UV light. Besides doubling and turning the image, very little was altered http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/art.phpfrom the original, very vibrant image.
If one were to observe the Sun rising over a bayou or ocean in extreme ultraviolet light and apply a blue filter, it might look a little like this. The active Sun is peppered with magnetic field lines and active regions busily connecting and reconnecting over its surface. Yet, the subtle tones of blue suggest a watery fluidity nonetheless.
When viewed in profile, the intricate series of looping magnetic field lines appear graceful and well designed. In fact these very hot and energetic connections emerged from beneath the surface where powerful magnetic forces are engaged in a huge tug of war.
Stonehenge in England is a mammoth stone and timber structure built 2700 years ago over hundreds of years. It is speculated that the builders oriented some of the structure to mark astronomical events like equinoxes. Hence, there is a kind of logical tie-in to the Sun.
There was something about the bright coronal mass ejection (cropped but un-retouched) in February 2002 that, when copied into a circular pattern, suggested the splash of color found in a flower petal. Add an extreme ultraviolet image of the Sun as the centerpiece and it seemed to suggest a recreation of oneness in the universe. The English poet William Blake expressed it as “all the world in a grain of sand.”
This is fantastic!
If I was religiously inclined I'd be a Sun worshiper.