The internet is awash with rumours that aliens are sucking off our sun in an attempt to refuel their planet sized spacecraft. This was after moving composite imagery taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and processed by NASA’s NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, was posted on YouTube. It appeared to show a large spherical object apparently sucking off material from our star. The footage is actually of a solar filament extending thousands of miles from the Sun’s surface with the spherical ‘planet’ illusion being caused by the irregular shape of the Sun’s atmosphere (corona). The filament prominence appears dark because it is cooler that the background.