It turns out the outer surface of the sun is much, much hotter and much more active than previously thought...
The restless bubbling and frothing of the Sun's chaotic surface is astonishing astronomers who have been treated to detailed new images from a Japanese space telescope called Hinode.
The observatory will have as dramatic an impact on our understanding of the Sun as the Hubble Space Telescope has had on our view of the universe beyond, scientists told a NASA press conference in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday.
"Everything we thought we knew about X-ray images of the Sun is now out of date," says Leon Golub from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US. "We've seen many new and unexpected things. For that reason alone, the mission is already a success."
Seriously, you should check out the video here. It's only about 30 seconds long, but wasting 30 valuable seconds of your employer's work time is well worth it. Besides, if you've made it to the end of this post without getting busted by the boss, you've proven that you aren't really as valuable a cog in the company wheel as you think you are, so what's another 30 seconds to watch something really cool?