How big would the sun look while standing on another planet?
The strange shape spotted in the sun's atmosphere isn't a UFO, but it is a fascinating glimpse at some explosive solar dynamics.
At 11:12 UT, the world didn't end, but it was the exact time of the solstice -- here's the Solar Dynamics Observatory's view of the sun at that moment.
When rendered as sections of warming and cooling plasma, the sun looks like a painting by Van Gogh or Monet.
With the help of the high-definition eyes of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), the Venus aureole has been detected again.
Obviously frustrated by the headline-grabbing news of a quasi-potential Higgs boson discovery, the sun exploded with a headline-grabber of its own this morning.
While the world was popping off its collective fireworks to see in the New Year, not to be left out, the sun generated its own firework display.
Continuing its upward trend in activity, the sun unleashed an X1.4 flare right in our direction.
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