Nasa have captured loads of beautiful solar flares from its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) but that isn't the only eye they have on the Sun.

The space agency also has the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO).

This video shows what happens when data from its whole heliophysics fleet is combined - a sense of scale sorely lacking from just the SDO.

The solar flare erupted on May 1st. They are caused by massive releases of energy on the Sun's surface that eject clouds of electrons, ions and atoms.

Often these break through the corona of the Sun into space in what is called a coronal mass ejection (CME).

CMEs often head towards Earth, hitting the atmosphere around one to five days later.

Relatively small CMEs manifest in the stunning aurora borealis or Northern lights. while bigger ones can cause electrical black outs.

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  • Baby stars in the Rosette Cloud

  • The star Fomalhaut and its debris disc

  • Andromeda

  • Eagle Nebula

  • Dense filaments of gas in the IC5146 interstellar cloud

  • Taurus Molecular Cloud

  • Cygnus X

  • Carina Nebula

  • Cygnus-X

  • Centaurus A

  • Centaurus A

  • Eagle Nebula

  • VELA C

  • Region W48

  • Supernova remnant W44

  • Star-forming galaxies

  • W48 Laboratory of massive stars

  • Dark cloud in Aquila constellation

  • Galactic plane

  • Galactic plane

  • Part of the Herschel-ATLAS survey field

  • Galactic plane

  • Galactic plane

  • Galactic Center

  • The network of interstellar filaments in Polaris

  • New stars in a stellar cocoon

  • Glowing Green Cloud NGC 1999

  • Stellar gestation and birth in the Milky Way

  • Stellar gestation and birth in the Milky Way

  • Galactic bubble RCW 120 with embryonic star

  • Dark cloud in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle

  • Dark cloud in the Southern Cross

  • Hunting high-mass stars with Herschel

  • Horsehead Nebula