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Visualizing Sunspot Numbers

Client: NSO/ATLAS
Services: ATLAS | Creative Coding | D3.js | Javascript
Role: Creator/Developer
Type: Data Visualization
Year: 2021
For the visualization, I wanted to create a way to  explore the Sun’s activity using sunspot numbers. The more sunspots in a  year, the more solar activity is seen through solar flares and coronal  mass ejections. Year-by-year, this becomes an excellent way to discover  the variability of our closest star.
Radial charts are  ideal vehicles to show data that might be cyclical. More than 26,000  days are a part of the dataset so performance is impacted with a  sluggish load time. Also drawing the labels and ticks seems to take more  time because of the cartesian geometry.