Holy crap, that’s awesome. Behold the power of a gigantic ball of plasma chewing away at its available fuel. No wonder ancient civilizations worshipped the sun — you couldn’t hunt or perform industry without its presence, it provides (almost) all life on Earth with the necessary energy to fuel it either directly or indirectly, and it does crazy-ass shit like this.
No, we’re not in any danger. I know my core readership wouldn’t jump to that conclusion, but the Chicken Littles of the intertubes make a habit of freaking out at this sort of thing.
Hat tip to the awesome Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy for this video.