Stars are incredible celestial bodies whose physical properties almost defy description. The power released by our own Sun is inconceivable; we may be able to measure it but there is no way we can actually wrap our minds around it. The Sun can kill us from 92 million miles away.
What follows is time lapse photography of a solar flare and a coronal mass ejection at the same time. During the video you will see a pop up of our planet (on the upper right) that shows the scale of this eruption. Keep in mind that the Earth has a diameter of just under 8,000 miles.
An "eruption on the Sun that produced both a Coronal Mass Ejection and a moderate solar flare. What was more unusual, however, was what happened next. Plasma in the nearby solar corona was imaged cooling and falling back, a phenomenon known as coronal rain. Because they are electrically charged, electrons, protons, and ions in the rain were gracefully channeled along existing magnetic loops near the Sun's surface, making the scene appear as a surreal three-dimensional sourceless waterfall. The resulting surprisingly-serene spectacle is shown in ultraviolet light and highlights matter glowing at a temperature of about 50,000 Kelvin. Each second in the above time lapse video takes about 6 minutes in real time, so that the entire coronal rain sequence lasted about 10 hours."