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The turbulent atmosphere of the Sun is revealed when we look outside the visible part of the spectrum. Extreme ultraviolet light is given off by atoms heated to incredible temperatures – between one and two million degrees – and are given artificial colour to help us see the huge active areas spouting energy driven by the Sun's magnetic fields.

Credit: Image made in ultraviolet light by the SOHO/EIT Consortium of NASA and ESA.

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