Even when it's below zero on Earth, those 93 million miles separating us from the sun seem barely enough when it starts spitting fire. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured just such a solar eruption this week, when the sun blasted out a loogie of hellish plasma that rose 160,000 miles from its surface, or as high as 20 Earths. And yet it was described as a relatively small explosion as the sun heads toward the peak of its current solar cycle this year or next. As long as the sun spits in another direction we're OK. Large solar eruptions aimed at our planet can disable technology. [Source]
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