Our sun is both beautiful and terrifying.

This Incredible Time-Lapse Video Shows Our Sun Up, Close And Awesome

On February 11, 2015,  NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory celebrated its five-year anniversary. To mark this day, Goddard (that built, operates and manages the SDO spacecraft for NASA) created this time-lapse video, which put together the images the SDO takes (more than one image per second). Watch the massive flares on the sun sending solar material into outer space, the huge sunspots glowing and fading on its surface, and the giant loops rising in the corona. Awe-inspiring.

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