Solar Flare in 3-D
A 3-D image of an active sun shows sunspots and "wonderful active regions in exquisite detail," according to NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. (See where you can get 3-D glasses to better appreciate this image.)
A powerful sun storm—associated with the second biggest solar flare of the current 11-year sun cycle—hit Earth last week.
Despite warnings of possible GPS, communications, and power failures, Thursday's sun storm was a softy, scientists say.
(Also see "Solar Flare: What If Biggest Known Sun Storm Hit Today?")
Space Pictures This Week: 3-D Sun Storm, Mars Devil
See a Martian dust devil, a solar storm in 3-D, and a "surreal" desert in some of our favorite space pictures of last week.