The sunspot that recently rolled across the surface of the sun while spewing out flares has been animated in a magnificent timelapse using NASA SDO images.
NASA followed the biggest sunspot in many years as it roamed across the face of the sun, releasing solar flares along the way.
In the space of a week, the largest sunspot seen in 24 years has erupted in six massive flares, five of which were categorised X-class.
Giant sunspots took a turn toward Earth this weekend and sent clouds of particles towards Earth, which aren't expected to disrupt communications but could bring auroras to northern altitudes.
Crave's Nerdy New Mexico series crawls up to 9,200 feet and gawks at the massive Dunn Solar Telescope in the tiny community of Sunspot.