The Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) project satellite captured this dazzling, hypnotic footage of a solar eruption yesterday.

SOHO is a joint effort between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA; its purpose, besides capturing incredible images like the one above, is "to study the internal structure of the Sun, its extensive outer atmosphere and the origin of the solar wind, the stream of highly ionized gas that blows continuously outward through the Solar System."