Sun flares: powerful or scary?

April 21, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) First Light press conference, where NASA revealed the first images taken by the spacecraft. In the last year, the sun has gone from its quietest period in years to the activity marking the beginning of solar cycle 24. SDO has captured every moment with a level of detail never-before possible. The mission has returned unprecedented images of solar flares, eruptions of prominences, and the early stages of coronal mass ejections (CMEs). In this video are some of the most beautiful, interesting, and mesmerizing events seen by SDO during its first year up to March 10th 2011. On the one side this videos shows us the beauty of the universe and our dearest power source, the sun, and on the other side it shows us potential dangers that might interact with our fragile modern world of technology. In any case it is good to know about it.

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