Let's look at the sun today, shall we?
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NASA's new Solar Dynamics Observatory is starting to pump out some lovely data. Here is a composite color image of the sun from March 30, 2010 showing hot plasma, UV radiation, and flares:
Speaking of flares, look at this amazing SDO video of the flare in the upper left corner of the above image:
Here's another nice flare picture:
Gigantic magnetic tubes of hot gas (aka spicules) on the sun's surface:
A sun halo over Cambodia:
Blue image of sun highlighting hydrogen-alpha spicules:
Images from NASA's APOD site.