Do you remember last Friday? Did anything feel weird? Like maybe some sort of change in the magnetosphere? Well, here’s why: there was an eruption on the sun. And when I say an eruption on the sun, I mean an explosion of solar filament that reached a half-million miles into space. It looked like this:

NASA released their footage of the heliacal happening along with the above image. We Earthlings are lucky the coronal mass ejection wasn’t pointed directly at our little blue rock. Despite the fact that we are nearly 93 million miles away from the sun, the half-million mile flare still whipped our atmosphere pretty good. Check out this photo of an aurora borealis that night over Canada caught by David Cartier, Sr.: