Your instinct might be to guess something microscopic in size – but the subject of this photograph is actually quite large.
You're looking at a picture of Active Region 1429 — that's the decidedly dull name that NOAA has given the sunspot region behind some of the most wicked solar flares and coronal mass ejections astronomers have seen in close to decade.
A cloud of ionized gas floats over the surface of the sun, in this mind-blowing photo by Alan Friedman. Using a filter that only records a narrow wavelength of light emitted by hydrogen, Friedman captured the sun's texture... and eruption.
This amazing picture was taken by Alan Friedman and it shows a side of the Sun that I've never seen before. Look at it, I mean, the Sun's surface looks like milky peach fuzz that'd be so soft to touch—the texture is just incredible. To take the picture, Friedman used: