I just saw this image in this article in Phys.org, which is generally a great source of physics news. Normally I would expect them to post real images, or if they use artist's conceptions, they would flag them as such, but this is just "blowing me away" so to speak.
The caption, including credit:
"Our sun burps, on August 31, 2012, flinging material into space as part of a coronal mass ejection. Credit: Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, CC BY"
Is this a real image? If so, what satellite took the image?