When the roused and active sun flings its energetic particles at Earth, we get to see beautiful aurorae, even in low latitudes of late. Pretty as they are, they don't give a full account of how hard the planet's magnetosphere is working to shield us from the sun's wrath. This new video from the animation whiz team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center brings it home.
It shows a massive coronal mass ejection careening toward our planet, where it's deflected by Earth's powerful magnetic field. Venus is not so lucky.