The Sun Made This 5.2-Million-Mile Tall Light Bulb

For all its ruthless atomic power, the Sun does some really cute things sometimes. Other than making flowers grow and tan Kate Upton's skin, I mean. Like this pretty good impression of a lightbulb, taken by the Large Angle and Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) C2 instrument aboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).

Of course, the cute lightbulb is actually a hot-as-hell 8.4-million-kilometer high coronal mass ejection (CME) that can engulf and obliterate several Earths. Let's just focus on how pretty it is. [NASA]


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