Trying to watch the sun’s explosions with your naked eyes is a recipe for blindness, but luckily NASA has a couple of telescopes that can show you all that fusion glory with none of the permanent ocular damage. Take, for instance, this 320,000km long canyon of fire.
This is the deathliest place in the solar system, photographed as never before by NASA’s new Solar Dynamics Observatory. It’s one of the first humbling images of our mighty Sun returned by the spacecraft. The video is terrifying: