Earlier this week we saw the release of the first images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft whose entire job is to study solar activity. Now we've got some fiery videos of mega-blasts on the solar surface.

Above you can see a huge flare, erupting over and over again.

Below are the many moods of the sun, viewed at different wavelengths.

This video below is called "features of our quiet sun," which captures the less pyrotechnic regions of the star's surface. In fact I think this might be the most beautiful of all the videos, as it captures an almost cloudlike wisp of fire jetting up and floating over the seething plasma below.

You can follow the ongoing adventures of the Solar Dynamics Observatory via the Godard Space Flight Center