Amateur solar astronomer Andrew Devey has been making daily records of solar activity since 2005. His website, The Solar Explorer, could well be the most extensive roundup of jaw-dropping solar GIFS on Earth. Featured here is one of our favorites from his browser-crashing collection. "I was filming a large active region," Devey writes, "when a plane shot through my field of view."

So awesome.

With the Sun nearing the pinnacle of its 11-year cycle of solar activity later this year, we expect Devey will be updating his stockpile with increasing regularity in the weeks and months ahead.

[The Solar Explorer via Christopher Jobson]