Perspective: How large is a solar flare?

Astronomy is awesome greatly due to its huge size. It is impossible for any human being – a brilliant scientist or a regular Joe alike – to wrap one’s mind around how big space really is, how tiny we humans really are on our little rock in the blackness of cosmos.

A solar flare is a sudden release of large amounts of energy from the Sun, causing what is basically a huge storm pulling up from the Sun surface. Seeing as the Sun is so big itself it is hard to visualise how big a solar flare really is – it looks rather tiny in comparison.

Well, the Earth is fairly tiny in comparison to the Sun to. And a solar flare is huge. Just look at the amazing photoshop above of how tiny Earth would seem in comparison to a striking solar flare.

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