These amazing images of the sun were published yesterday on Boston.com and depict a variety of solar occurrences. For example, in the first image we see a cloud formed by dense plasma, while the fourth image is a total eclipse captured in India in 1980.
I'm always amazed each time I see such stunning photography. It's hard for me to imagine just how hot the sun is, but the eighth image in the gallery helped me visualize its intensity. The Stanford-Lockheed Institute for Space Research captured this photo as a part of the TRACE Project and used a three-layer false color composite to illustrate three different wavelengths. Blue represents 1-million-degree gases, green represents 1.5-million-degree gases and red represents 2-million-degree gases. That's hot.