An impressive landscape unfolded on Cinco de Mayo, reinforcing celebration with flares of light and joy. The mighty Sun surprised us with a giant ray of light descending upon Earth, as two NASA orbital observatories revealed.
Once in a while, the Sun dances in parades of shiny waves and bursts out with eruptions of warmth, to our grace and amazement.
On the fifth of May, astronomers keep their eyes stuck to their telescopes for hours, observing the different shades of light that were dancing in front of them.
The galactic event was filmed with chronographs, which are observation devices that use a special disk to block out light from the sun and create a synthetic eclipse within the device. This allows astronauts to observe details of the star and share the view with the less fortunate of us, who only see it in pictures or write about it.
These flares of light are extreme ultraviolet lights which reveal different temperatures. This particular light wave was extremely long, extending millions of miles into space. In other circumstances the solar bursts may become dangerous, as the ultraviolet light is pretty much unhealthy for our skin and eyes.
The sun has many faces and as beautiful and fascinating as it may be, it is also dangerous and potent to a degree in which it can destroy and burn everything around. Scientists from NASA are making continuous research on its surface and sometimes share very interesting findings. The solar burst that happened two days ago is a very rare one.
These kinds of solar events commonly translated into flares of light are in fact unstable strands of solar matter which depart from the sun with the fluctuations of its magnetic field. Their particular feature is that they are much colder than the surface of the sun, and thus visible to the human eye. Sometimes these conglomerates with different temperatures and textures loop back onto the sun.
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