Even though we can’t see these spectacles with the naked eye, we can see them when technology manages to capture digital images of them. This image was captured Aug. 24, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. when the sun had a mid-level solar flare.
The flare, which erupted on the sun’s left side, was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. This flare was classified as an M5 flare, which means as one of the M-class flares, it is less powerful than the most intense, or X-class, flares. Flares, when strong enough, can cause issues with GPS and communications signals.