01/09/2014 07:42 BST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 BST

NASA Releases Incredible Video Of Solar Flares

NASA, or rather the Solar Dynamics Observatory has released some incredible new footage of the Sun which shows a number of enormous solar flares.

The Sun has been going through a period of increased activity resulting in a number of what the SDO classifies as M-class flares taking place over the last few days.

An M-Class is considered to be a mid-level eruption, so around ten times smaller than that of the largest which is known as an X-class flare.

While being less powerful these eruptions are still more than capable of disruption Earth-orbiting satellites in particular GPS systems.

There is one upside to all this solar activity however which is that everyone's favourite astronaut Reid Wiseman is able to take videos like this one: