Culture At Large

NASA's canticle of the sun

Josh Larsen

We’re sending you into the weekend with something lighter – and we mean that literally.

Earlier this week, NASA released a video compiling three years’ worth of continual observation of the sun in about three minutes. According to the agency, two images per day were used to create the video.

NPR reported on the music used for the production – it’s “A Lady’s Errand of Love,” by violinist Martin Lass. For further accompaniment, here are some lines from Saint Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun.”

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.

To you, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Topics: Culture At Large, Science & Technology, Cosmology, Theology & The Church, Worship