Towards the end of last week, everybody’s favourite space organisation, NASA, revealed that they had discovered a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere.
They claimed that the bizarre hole was turning towards Earth and has the potential to cause huge geomagnetic storms, disrupting power grids, plane and military radio systems, and spacecraft operations.
The coronal hole is thought to have sent solar winds across Earth both today and yesterday with scientists concluding there is a 75 per cent chance of a magnetic storm, according to the Daily Mail.
However – now, NASA have released a mind-blowing and beautiful video of what appears to be an endless stream of particles oozing out of the hole.
Check the amazing clip out below:
Coronal holes are gargantuan open areas where solar winds can escape from the sun.
The magnetic shitstorm which is expected to go off on Earth today is known more specifically as a G2 storm, and has the potential to result in spacecrafts having to change their orientations and power systems experiecing voltage faults.
We have observed this phenomenon numerous times, but this one was one of the longest and clearest sequences we have seen in years.
The bright loops are actually charged particles spinning along the magnetic field lines.
Although to me and you the video above is a meager 17 seconds, the mesmerising clip is actually over 20 hours worth of footage that has been sped up by the good guys over at NASA.
What would we do without them eh?
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.