Art film made with satellites videos of solar wind and coronal mass ejections

Black Rain from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

Beautiful film from Semiconductor.

Here we see the HI (Heliospheric Imager) visual data as it tracks interplanetary space for solar wind and CME's (coronal mass ejections) heading towards Earth. Data courtesy of courtesy of the Heliospheric Imager on the NASA STEREO mission.

Working with STEREO scientists, Semiconductor collected all the HI image data to date, revealing the journey of the satellites from their initial orientation, to their current tracing of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Solar wind, CME's, passing planets and comets orbiting the sun can be seen as background stars and the milky way pass by.

As in Semiconductors previous work 'Brilliant Noise' which looked into the sun, they work with raw scientific satellite data which has not yet been cleaned and processed for public consumption. By embracing the artifacts, calibration and phenomena of the capturing process we are reminded of the presence of the human observer who endeavors to extend our perceptions and knowledge through technological innovation.

(via cgr)


  1. These people rock. I just ordered their two DVDs, even though one of them was used and in Sweden…

  2. @crashproof Where did you get them? I’m striking out everwhere.

    Their piece “Brilliant Noise” is another one of my favorites. And “Linear,” and…

  3. Just love the embracing of the human subject in this. Datacleaning produces the illusion of objectivity that is so foundational to our scientific ideology that are barely aware of its ideological status. It seems to me more lovely, honest and brave to reveal the human perspective–the struggle we have as scientists, artists and everyday people to perceive and comprehend the cosmos, the all.

  4. Quite interesting. Especially when you consider that a sufficient mass ejection would shut down all power transmission, melt transformers, and basically set things back 100 years.

  5. @mzed: the place where I found the older DVD only had one left. I found it with a Google search.

    The newer one I found at an Amazon store…

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