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Nov 4, 2015 3:03 PM

Joe Knows: This is what the Sun actually looks like thanks to NASA

CONCORD - We all know to never look directly into the sun.

Well, now you can thanks to these new stunning high definition images of the Sun being seen today as NASA has just released 30 minute video showing the sun in breathtaking detail.

The images were captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory whose mission is to observe solar activity by providing a visual representation of the Sun and greater understanding of the processes happening on it's surface. Notice these explosions of Solar flares.

The Energy explodes outward with a force exceding that of millions of hydrogen bombs.

These flares help to trigger the Northern lights when the energy arrives in our atmosphere.

We are currently nearing the end of an 11 year solar cycle maximum, when there are frequent solar flares and sun spots.

This particular active cycle was one of the weakest in 100 years. In the next few years, the Sun will go quiet again.

Videos like this, from PBS Newshour, will help us learn how these active and quiet cycles on the Sun effect out weather and climate here on Earth.


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