Here’s a very cool image of a prominence eruption on July 2, 2012, which sent a M5.6 class solar flare hurtling towards Earth. It missed us by that much.
Actually, it erupted towards the south, facing Earth but not aimed at us. Not all that remarkable. But, hey, it gave us an awesome picture, almost like a giant sunflower in space. Get it? A Sun flower?
Anyway, if you’re interested in reading more about solar flares (particularly the dangerous kind), just click here. And despair, because they’re only going to get bigger, brighter, and more powerful next year.