The Solar Dynamic Observatory satellite has filmed incredible footage of huge tornadoes of fiery gas spinning violently at the surface of our increasingly active star.
How huge? The giant vortices are several times larger than our planet and can reach speeds of 300,000 km/h!
Researchers are trying to figure out the role these spectacular storms play in solar weather. They have been monitored in the past by SOHO, but never imaged, according to Dr. Xing Li. Plus, they were a LOT smaller.
The new images come just in time for today's National Astronomy Meeting 2012 in Manchester. Read the full article.