Sun's surface shown in NSA video
February 20 , 2014
It may not be possible to stare at the surface of the sun but it is possible for NASA's instruments to capture its views.
A recent video shows coronal loops coming from the sun and was taken over a period of two days this month. Bill Dunford of the Planetary Society explained that coronal loops are "arcs of plasma often larger than the entire Earth that surge along the sun's powerful magnetic field lines."
These loops can last for weeks or for a few days and the temperature around them could reach to about 1.8M degrees Fahrenheit.
One of the goals of this mission is to see how the sun's magnetic field impacts the Earth and its telecommunications systems.