Powerful solar flare erupts on surface of the Sun
17 April 2012 Last updated at 17:41 BST
Nasa has released timelapse images of a powerful solar flare that unleashed an eruption of super-heated plasma from the surface of the Sun.
The flare was recorded by Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, which is part of a five year mission focused on the Sun.
Ben Brown and Joanna Gosling describe the blast of the flare.