April 2017 Solar Flares

The sun emitted a trio of mid-level solar flares on April 2-3, 2017. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured images of the three events.

Music credit: A Waltz into Darkness by Joseph Bennie
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein

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+3 1. MindTrick commented 345 days ago

If you're curious on the physics behind the phenomena, check out this video too https://www.snotr.com/video/19034/A_Solar_Eruption_in_5_Steps :)
And if you thought this was beautiful, check this out too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFT7ATLQQx8&t
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+2 2. thundersnow commented 344 days ago

#1 Very nice video, MindTrick! :)
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+2 3. MindTrick commented 341 days ago

#2 Thanks! I've always been fascinated by space, ever since i was a kid, and these kinda videos are always amazing to me.
As i've grown older i've also been appreciating it in more ways than just shear awe of the beauty, because i believe the key to virtually unlimited energy lies within all those mysteries in space, and our planet is in desperate need of a new way of living. Just to illustrate, just one little flick of fire from those fire loops you see, contains more energy than humans have ever spent since existence. Its partially scary, thinking if one of those fire sprays goes out of control, it would burn the earth to crisp. But its also fascinating thinking that we might one day be able to harness that kind of energy, and solve the biggest need the earth has. If you think about it, if we had unlimited energy, we could live in peace. Just imagine all that surplus money would go today if electricity became virtually free. It would be the potential for a utopia.
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0 4. thundersnow commented 341 days ago

#3 I really like the way you just explained that, it totally makes sense to me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :) You think there would be peace? I have to think about that for a while. I'm wondering, because there would still be other things that people would fight over, not sure what though...