This amazing image captures the sun at its most beautiful... and violent.
It shows a large solar flare - or prominence - blowing out a dazzling, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted for 90 minutes.
Nasa scientists at the space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) took the image on February 24 using extreme ultraviolet light.
And, because SDO images are high-definition, researchers were able to zoom in on the flare to record its exquisite details.
The chances of a disruption from space are getting stronger because the sun is entering the most active period of its 11 to 12-year natural cycle. The last solar maximum occurred in 2001.