Holy Jesuspants. The image was already astonishing but this video made my head spin. Watching this magnificent violence from every angle is a good way to realize how lucky we are to be alive, precisely because of that titanic ball of fire in the sky.

The video of this "magnificent CME"—as NASA calls it—was recorded on August 31, 2012. The video was created by NASA's Scott Wiessinger, the NASA Goddard Space Center's Helio and Astrophysics Video Producer. He told me he started from 4K ultra-high definition square frames, cropping them in the final video. He also included views from the SOHO and STEREO satellites. Truly amazing.

Even more amazing, he says: "you can download the 4096x4096 ProRes Quicktime file and look at any part of the sun in mind-numbing detail." You can open it with Apple Motion or Adobe After Effects. According to him, both "are good programs to view it in." It's quite incredible. Get it here.



And remember the scale of this: