The Secret Life of the Sun

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We know the sun is the key to our survival -- here on Earth, it's more about the day-to-day: We blame it for oppressive summer heat, beg it to shine on our outdoor parties, and use SPF to shield ourselves from the damage it might do.

But 93 million miles away in space, the sun has a life all its own, with gases, magnetic fields, explosions, eruptions, and other stunning phenomena that these photos capture in all its beauty. Just something to think about next time you're complaining about the weather.

Image via Space.About.com

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