The Sun Is Exploding!

The sun is giving off solar eruptions so massive, it looks like a huge volcano. Amateur astronomer Peter Lawrence snapped this amazing close-up of the flares shooting into space from the sun's eastern limb, using a solar telescope and filter. Could this herald the appearance of a new sunspot? Or an ancient civilization emerging from its solar fortress? Click through to see another amateur photo and judge for yourself.

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Top solar image by Peter Lawrence. Bottom solar image by C. Miller and J. Stetson. [SpaceWeather]

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