Aluminum flakes in a pool of silicone oil heated from below displays the Bénard-Marangoni convection instability. The resemblance to the Sun was achieved with post-processing of color.

Aluminum flakes in a pool of silicone oil heated from below displays the Bénard-Marangoni convection instability. The resemblance to the Sun was achieved with post-processing of color.

By Melissa Blackstun, Vigneshwaran Selvaraju, Amanda Kennedy, and Athena Ross, for Spring 2014 Team First.
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