8 Surprising facts about the sun

OF all the stars in our sky, we know most about the closest - our sun. 

Sadly, even with every opportunity we've had to study it, we still know precious little about the sun, and it pops up with surprises to shock us every now and then. 

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Using the best in multi-spectral analysis and false-colour imaging, scientists allow us to see the sun in ways our own eyes would never allow.

Despite the delicate and profound maths involved in studying the sun, there are some mysteries and realities of our star that require no special learning to understand.

Here are eight ways the sun keeps us on our toes.