<p>The sun put on a <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/05/120505-cinco-de-mayo-history-mexican-mexico-american-beer-battle/">Cinco de Mayo</a> show by firing off an intense flare on May 5. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the burst of radiation in visible light (far left) and in several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.</p>

A Flash of Light

The sun put on a Cinco de Mayo show by firing off an intense flare on May 5. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the burst of radiation in visible light (far left) and in several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.

Photograph by NASA/SDO/Wiessinger

Week's Best Space Pictures: The Sun Flares For Cinco de Mayo

Plus, see Saturn's "Death Star" moon and pull out your 3-D glasses for a new view of Ceres in this week's most intriguing views from space.

Feed your need for "heavenly" views of the universe every Friday with our picks for the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, the sun throws a tantrum, a tilted galaxy confounds scientists, and a 3-D picture of Ceres hurts the eye.

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