Massive solar explosion
Huge plasma blasts appear to explode off the sun's surface in a video released by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).
The SDO is part of a mission to better understand the effects activity on the sun could have on Earth.
The blasts, called "solar prominences," were captured over a one day period between November 14 and 15.
One skywatcher, who caught a glimpse of the interstellar drama through his telescope, described the plasma bursts as looking like Diplodocus, a long-necked dinosaur from the Late Jurassic period.