Technology is so cool. On August 31, 2012, NASA spacecraft captured images of a giant filament of plasma erupting off the sun’s surface into space.
Close-up images. Of the sun.
(For a “that’s amazing!” reference, the sun is 93,000,000 miles away and more than one million Earths could fit inside of it.)
Apparently, 2013 is slated to be a year of peak sun storm activity. As far as I understand, there’s really nothing we can do about super-powerful electromagnetic pulses headed towards our atmosphere except look at pictures of the plasma flares and think they’re kind of beautiful.
Want to see the plasma in action? Check out this super sweet sun spitfire video from Space.com