a textbook of magic: stars, over the sun, photographed by soho, 16th february 2016.

the plume in the first gif is an outburst from the solar corona. the 2nd gif shows image noise from the 1st gif; i’m under the impression that many of these flashes are protons emitted by the sun hitting the image detector.

image credit: nasa/soho. animation: ageofdestruction.