A Viscous Arm of Plasma Punches Its Way Out of the Sun

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Last week, a solar flare flashed on the surface of the sun, just as our star erupted with a massive amount of burning ejecta. The twin explosions, captured by a NASA satellite called the Solar Dynamics Observatory, make for a gorgeous and violent portrait of our sun.

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NASA explains:

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare on Oct. 2, 2014. The solar flare is the bright flash of light on the right limb of the sun. A burst of solar material erupting out into space can be seen just below it.

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The flare was rated M7.3, which is ten times less powerful than the X-class flare that menaced the Earth last month. But it still looks lovely. Check out the video capturing the entire event:

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falconflyer1
falconflyer1

For all the things we do to our planet, which is shocking considering how small we are, it's always humbling to see how crazy our sun is and realize it has nothing to do with us.