The Secret Life of the Sun (Slideshow)

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We rely on the sun for everything from powering up our electronics to basic heat and warmth for survival, but this massive star does more than just send light our way: It's a huge nuclear reactor with explosions, eruptions, storms, and magnetic fields that affect both itself and Earth.

Check out our slideshow for stunning space photos of the solar flares, spicules, coronal mass ejections, and other jaw-dropping phenomena that make the sun one of the most fascinating parts of our solar system.

The Secret LIfe of the Sun slideshow

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