This is the most detailed movie ever recorded the Sun's 5500°C surface. Those shapes you can see here, called granules, are convection cells of solar plasma. Hot plasma wells up from below, cools, and sinks. The Sun's entire surface is constantly turbulently roiling like this.

Solar granules have an average diameter of around 1000 km, so most of these are larger than France!

Credit: National Solar Observatory/AURA/NSF

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This was recorded using the Inouye Solar Telescope. A better quality version of the video can be seen here:
twitter.com/NSF/status/1222609

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