Back at the tail of summer, our very own Sun sent out a cloud of plasma.  At speeds of over 900 miles per second, the plasma filament was estimated to be around 100,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  Measuring an astounding 30 earths across, NASA captured images and data using its newest Sun-watcher, the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

2012 was the year of the sun

In a year full of Science Breakthroughs, the Sun commanded our gaze

2013's spectacular Solar cycle
2013’s spectacular Solar cycle
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Heightened activity from the Sun could threaten satellites and spacewalks

2012 saw a peak of Activity, as the sun’s cycle of activity came to a head.  The height of the 11-year cycle is due to continue into this year, increasing the risk to satellites and solar walks, but also raising the increase in brilliant solar phenomena such as this.

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