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Solar Wall

This is a Solar Wall. It was designed by Dr. Mark Weber and Dr. Henry "Trae" Winter III.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory (SAO) as part of Tools: Extending Our Reach.

It is dated 2010.

On February 11, 2010, NASA launched the Solar Dynamics Observatory with the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) aboard, the first instrument to observe the Sun at twice the resolution of high-definition television. The AIA consists of four telescopes each with two mirrors coated in a cutting-edge film that reflects a particular wavelength of light—including ultraviolet (UV) and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths, both absorbed by earth’s atmosphere. The telescopes take eight images every twelve seconds, yielding a massive three terabytes of data per day. Because our eyes cannot see UV and EUV, images initially have no color once transmitted to earth—they are just a set of numbers. To create comprehensible images, each number is assigned a color, rendering visually appealing images of solar activity. This wall is a replica of one at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where astrophysicists use it for studying the sun’s surface and to better understand how solar activities effect life on earth.

It is credited Courtesy of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

  • Telescope, Transit of Venus
  • brass, iron, glass.
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, 2006.0182.02-03.
  • 14.2012.72
  • Satellite, Ariel 2 (Replica)
  • epoxy-bonded fiberglass, aluminum, other light metals, plastics.
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Transferred from NASA, A19751411000.
  • 16.2012.27

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 182.9 x 210.8 cm (6 ft. x 6 ft. 11 in.)

We have 1 video that features Solar Wall.

Highlights from Solar Wall

Video display of our sun’s surface from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly aboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO); Satellite launch date: February 11, 2010

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Tools: Extending Our Reach.

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