The sun-orbiting SOHO spacecraft captured this image of filaments erupting off the sun's surface and magnetic plasma blasting into space. The field of view of this image, seen in ultraviolet light, extends some 1.243 million miles from the solar surface. NASA/JPL hide caption

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This image of a huge and powerful solar flare was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Tuesday. NASA hide caption

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