Caught on Cam: Sun explosion

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 05/07 2014 11:55AM

Updated 05/07 2014 12:01PM

NASA releases images of massive plasma explosions on the surface of the sun.

The images were captured in late April by instruments aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Unlike a solar flare, this material is a small, hovering mass of twisted plasma that shifts back and forth before erupting into space.

The SDO is a satellite that's in orbit around the Earth, with sensors pointed at the sun to take a variety of measurements of the sun and solar activity.

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