Every decade or so, our parent star is host to a series of explosions of superhot ionized gas called plasma, which, due to the sun’s powerful magnetic field, then circle its surface in massive, unstable solar loops. Think of it like the sun working a hula hoop of fiery death, if that helps. After a couple of weeks, the death-hoop has built up enough energy and starts to wobble. It falters once, twice, and then falls free of the sun, emitting a burst of electricity, heat, and radiation 10 times the size of Earth. You probably know this phenomenon as a solar flare. You probably thought it was benign. We just figured you might like to stop being secure in that knowledge.

Occasionally a solar loop will get so big that it results in an X-class solar flare, a huge explosion that appears to rip holes in the sun itself.

Luckily, not every solar phenomenon is fuming out there in the cold void of space, waiting to existentially terrify you into a fear-coma.

5 Mind-Blowing Things Found Hiding in Our Own Solar System

anonymous asked:

What's 19 days about?


there’s a great ‘what’s 19 days about’ slideshow post that goes through it all, but i can’t find it.  there’s a good timeline here…  let me see…

it’s a chinese manhua series that’s pretty sexy, pretty funny, very emotional, and occasionally soul-crushingly angsty.  but, er, only occasionally… (lies! *coughs*)

jian yi is a sad, neglected child who is so in love with his best friend he can’t stop embarrassing himself.  literally, this child is made of adorable embarrassment.

zhan zheng xi (or xixi) is the best friend.  he’s so protective of jian yi that he once broke a kid’s arm for accidentally bumping into jian yi in the hallway (probably).

he tian is so superhot that just looking at him can be illegal (supposedly these are middle school kids! - they’re 15).  he’s wants to ride jian yi like a bike all night long and then for a few more hours in the morning, but he’s doing an admirable job of keeping his hands to himself.

redheaded kid has red hair, and no name yet.  he picked a fight with jian yi and that pretty much ended his life.  now he tian owns him or something and he’s helping he tian forget about his madmad lust for jian yi.  pray for this child.

i wish i could have found that slideshow because it was much better than this, but.  it’s supergreat and i highly recommend.  (as well as the f/f series ‘their story’ - both on yaoi-blcd so…)