1. On Sunday the Associated Press released spectacular video from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory of a flare erupting from the sun.
3. It’s so remarkable and beautiful that it almost doesn’t seem real.
The eruption took place on April 2 and reached its peak at 15:05 GMT, according to NASA.
4. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. The flare captured is classified as “mid-level,” which means it is 10 times less powerful than the most intense flares.
The Telegraph reports that radiation from a flare cannot pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and harm humans, but it can disrupt the layer of the atmosphere where GPS and communications signals travel.