On August 31, 2012 the Sun threw a major tantrum. It started with a vast arc of material towering over its surface, a stream of plasma flowing between two sunspots. Sometimes these collapse back down to the Suns surface, but this one exploded, blasting hundreds of millions of tons of material out into space. SDO captured this ridiculously awesome picture of the arc just before it erupted!

On August 31, 2012 the Sun threw a major tantrum. It started with a vast arc of material towering over its surface, a stream of plasma flowing between two sunspots. Sometimes these collapse back down to the Suns surface, but this one exploded, blasting hundreds of millions of tons of material out into space. SDO captured this ridiculously awesome picture of the arc just before it erupted!

Emission Nebula NGC 6188 - 4,000 light years away in the constellation Ara

Emission Nebula NGC 6188 - 4,000 light years away in the constellation Ara

This is a picture from the Curiosity Rover on Mars showing Earth from the perspective of Mars. You are looking at your home from the perspective of another planet.

This is a picture from the Curiosity Rover on Mars showing Earth from the perspective of Mars. You are looking at your home from the perspective of another planet.

Enceladus, Saturn's moon, spews out water vapor from its southern pole creating a halo of ice, gas, and dust

Saturn water mystery solved at last as scientists discover giant jets of vapour from moon are responsible

Enceladus, Saturn's moon, spews out water vapor from its southern pole creating a halo of ice, gas, and dust

See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download  the highest resolution version available.

See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

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