Break out the sunblock kids, it going to be a sunny weekend. At about 7 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, the surface of the sun was rocked by a massive explosion, ten million times more powerful than a volcanic explosion on Earth. And about an hour later, it exploded again. Now, two waves of charged plasma are streaming toward our planet at about four million miles per hour, threatening to knock out satellites and induce unwanted currents on power grids around the globe today. This raw footage of our sun's swirling surface not only sheds light on Earth's vulnerability, but fuels my obsession with all things cosmos.
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