Sweet mother of god did you see these pictures of the Sun

Jumping Jehoshaphat!

The sun's atmosphere and corona showing hotter and cooler regions
European Space Agency (ESA)

Earlier today, the European Space Agency (ESA) released a time lapse video of the atmosphere and corona of the Sun. Check it out:

This video, which some might say spits in and/or touches the face of God, comes courtesy of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) mounted on the ESA's Solar Orbiter. Last September the Orbiter was roughly 43 million kilometers away from the Sun and at one point was flying inside of Mercury's orbit, which I personally think is crazy. That's way too close to the Sun! And next time, take me with you and throw me in!

The Solar Orbiter has been at this for quite some time. A few years ago, when imaging the Sun, it caught a picture of a "space hedgehog." No one knows what it actually is.

A picture of a "space hedgehog" emitting from the Sun, a bunch of spiky rays of light.
Courtesy of the ESA

It's those spiky looking things at the bottom of the picture.

Or, if you need a little eclipse-like action, here's a transit of Mercury across the Sun that the Solar Orbiter got in 2022.

Mercury, seen as a black dot, transiting across the sun
Courtesy of the ESA

If you don't hear from me today, you know where I'll be (staring directly into the Sun).

Edit: Internal feedback from Sequencer staff has indicated that a blog like this should have some message or information contained within it. I agree, the information is: cool pictures!