This is a truly spectacular video from NASA showing a combination of solar events. On July 19, 2012 first came a moderate solar flare explosion, then a coronal mass ejection (CME) which shoots off to the right into space. Finally, a magnetic display called coronal rain. Wasn't there a bad Michael Douglas movie in the late 80s called Coronal Rain?
The footage in this video was collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory's AIA instrument. SDO collected one frame every 12 seconds, and the movie plays at 30 frames per second, so each second in this video corresponds to 6 minutes of real time. The video covers 12:30 a.m. EDT to 10:00 p.m. EDT on July 19, 2012.
With science being this cool, how can anyone not want to follow this?
Check out more from NASA SDO here.