Imagine we can see the sun with the clarity shown of the Solar Flare Visa Gift Card. Scientists can, using telescopes fitted with proper optics and filters to protect them from the light that would otherwise blind them. The “flames” extending from the surface are massive eruptions of plasma called prominences that extend hundreds of thousands of miles into space. Solar flares are bigger and brighter than prominences and result in electromagnetic disturbances on earth. The image on the Solar Flare Visa Gift Card won’t fool an astronomer, but it is good interpretive art your friends will find fascinating.