Yeah, with the blizzard and minus 40 windchills, today was the kind of day where you wonder if Earth even has a Sun to keep us half-assed comfortable and warm.

If we didn’t, of course, it would be a helluva lot colder here. So obviously we do. And NASA has just released some time lapse photography of our home star taken by its Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The SDO was launched in 2010, and from a geosynchronous orbit 36,000 kilometres above Earth it’s been studying the Sun and observing all the turbulent activity that occurs on the surface driven by its 15.7 million K core temperature and all the atomic reactions that are going on.

It’s pretty spectacular. So check it out if you want. And here’s a NPR report on the footage