An active sunspot that merely hours before erupted and lofted a coronal mass ejection, exploded again in a breathtaking display on April 16, 2012. It was not Earth-directed, but this volatile region will have our planet in its sights in coming days.
Within the constellation of Piscis Austrinus lies the star Fomalhaut. It is surrounded by a huge disc of dust - creating its comparison to 'the Eye' made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Europe'e ALMA telescope captured this intimate view.