Yesterday morning,Â NASAâ€™s Solar Dynamics Observatory capturedÂ a massive solar flare on the sun which blasted upwards of a billion tons of material away from its surface:
â€œIâ€™ve never seen material released like this before, such a huge amount that falls back down in such a spectacular way,â€ says Goddard Spaceflight Centerâ€™s Dr. C. Alex Young. â€œIt looks like someone just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and it fell back down.â€
The size of the explosion itself has been estimated at well over a million kilometers across. However in terms of energy, it only ranked as M2.5, or a medium-sized flare. Check out a video of the event after the break.