Watch this Video of the Sun Being Awesome
This video is of three simultaneous eruptive events on the sun. On July 19, 2012, the sun experienced a “moderately powerful” solar flare, a coronal mass ejection (CME), and a phenomenon called coronal rain. The footage occurred over the course of a day, so what looks like slow-motion is actually sped up quite a bit.
Here’s how NASA explains the event:
Over the course of the next day, hot plasma in the corona cooled and condensed along strong magnetic fields in the region. Magnetic fields, themselves, are invisible, but the charged plasma is forced to move along the lines, showing up brightly in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, which highlights material at a temperature of about 50,000 Kelvin. This plasma acts as a tracer, helping scientists watch the dance of magnetic fields on the sun, outlining the fields as it slowly falls back to the solar surface.
Science. Is. Awesome.