NASA scientists ease our fears of the Sun blowing up

Why Heliophysicist is the coolest job title ever

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NASA has posted the first part of a two-part video discussing some answers to common questions about the sun and "space weather". If you've ever wondered about the difference between a solar flare and a coronal mass ejection, this is the video for you. It should also ease our fears about massive sun flare-ups destroying the planet, right? Right?

This also proves that having the title "Heliophysicist" must be a cool thing on their business cards.

UPDATE: Here's Part 2 of the video, with more questions and answers from our favorite heliophysicists:

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