Science: Astronomy
SOHO Solar light fitting   (+5)  [vote for, against]
Live wireless feeds of the Sun's surface in your home.

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite keeps 12 instruments, including cameras trained on the sun. You can log onto the website [link] and look at some incredible images or, even better, movies of the sun's surface.

I propose having a spherical light fitting in the center of a room at home which is wirelessly connected to your home's wi-fi connection. Inside the fitting is a projector which displays live images of the sun's surface beamed direct from SOHO.

For a nominal monthly fee to NASA you could keep an eye on the spaceweather and watch swirling vortexes/vortices, spectacular ribbons of fire produced by solar eruptions, count sunspots and so on. Oh yeah - and it produces light for the room too.
-- AusCan531, Sep 05 2011

NASA SOHO Observatory
[AusCan531, Sep 05 2011]

Webcam_20on_20the_20Moon Tangentially related idea [hippo, Sep 05 2011]

I like your linked idea too [hippo]. We should come up with a nightlight based upon a live image of the phases of the moon and we'll have the box set.
-- AusCan531, Sep 05 2011

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