I stole that title directly from Gizmodo. This animation is gorgeous and does bear a striking resemblance to Van Gogh's Starry Nights. I could watch the currents move for hours.
From the NASA website "This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations; the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience."
Well done, folks. Well done.
Animators: Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC) (Lead) & Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
Video Editor: Victoria Weeks (HTSI)
Scientists: Hong Zhang (UCLA) & Dimitris Menemenlis (NASA/JPL CalTech)