A close-up, profile view of an active region in extreme ultraviolet light showcased several small spurts of plasma as they flickered out and retreated…Read More »
back into the sun over about 13 hours (June 16, 2011). This wavelength captures ionized helium at about 60,000 degrees not far above the sun's surface. Flashes of small solar flares can be seen triggering most of these spurts. Less «
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Spectacular Prominence Eruption of June 2011
Credit: SOHO (ESA & NASA)
The sun on June 7, 2011, starting at about 06:41 UT, unleashed one of the most spectacular prominence eruptions ever observed.
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Coronal Mass Ejection
Coronal mass ejection as viewed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 7, 2011.
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Sun Unleashes X1.5-Class Flare
The sun unleashed a powerful Class X1.5 solar flare on March 9, 2011, a solar storm that could supercharge Earth's auroras. The flare was recorded by NASA's…Read More »
Solar Dynamics Observatory and other spacecraft. Here, it appears in white at the upper right of the sun as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Less «
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Comet Dives Into the Sun
The SOHO spacecraft watched as a fairly bright comet dove towards the sun in a white streak and was not seen again after its close encounter (May 10-11,…Read More »
2011). The comet, probably part of the Kreutz family of comets, was discovered by amateur astronomer Sergey Shurpakov. Less «
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Huge Eruption on Sun's Far Side
The STEREO (Ahead) spacecraft caught a large coronal mass ejection as it roared away from the Sun and out into space in the opposite direction from Earth (Feb. 26-28, 2011).
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this view of a powerful M3.6 Class solar flare on Feb. 24, 2011 during a 90-minute sun storm. NASA scientists…Read More »
called the display a "monster prominence" that kicked up a huge plasma wave. Less «
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Class X2 Solar Flare
Credit: NASA SOHO
The image of the powerful Class X2 solar flare of Feb. 14, 2011, shows how it appeared to both the Solar Dynamics Observatory in extreme ultraviolet light…Read More »
(center sun disk) and the SOHO's C2 coronagraph. This was the largest flare in more than four years. Less «
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The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
A full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image of the sun taken by SDO on March 30, 2010. False colors trace different gas temperatures. Reds are…Read More »
relatively cool (about 60,000 Kelvin, or 107,540 F); blues and greens are hotter. Less «
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This image depicts coronal rain. Encircled are two plasma streamers, one hitting the sun's surface and another incoming behind it.
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A prominence leaps off the surface of the sun in this new image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory released on April 22, 2010. The prominence occurred on March 30.
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Moving in Stereo
Images from telescopes onboard STEREO spacecraft showing a coronal mass ejection event on December 12-13, 2008. Data from both spacecraft are shown simultaneously.
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A close up of the sun in extreme ultraviolet light taken by STEREO's Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUVI). Featured are magnetic loops filled with million-degree Celsius material.
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Not an Illusion
A solar tsunami seen by the twin STEREO spacecraft. A movie showing this event helped convince scientists that this phenomenon is real, and not a visual illusion.
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The STEREO (Ahead) spacecraft observed this visually stunning prominence eruption on Sept. 29, 2008 in the 304 wavelength of extreme UV light. It rose…Read More »
up and cascaded to the right over several hours, appearing something like a flag unfurling, as it broke Less «
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Into the Sun
NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft caught this image of a comet impacting the sun. The comet apparently survived the intense heat of the sun's outer atmosphere…Read More »
— called the corona — and disappeared in the chromospheres, which is a thin layer of plasma found be Less «
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Pieces of Flare
SDO observed as an active region emerged, expanded and blew out at least four flares over about a 40-hour period (June 11-12, 2010). These flares were about average in terms of their power.
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Loop the Loop
An AIA image in 193 A after a solar eruption and a flare. The dark regions show the site of evacuated material from the eruption, and the large magnetic loops were formed during the flare.
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How Green Was My Sun
Image of the Sun, taken by the SECCHI Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUVI) on the STEREO Ahead observatory on June 18, 2010 at 00:05:30 UT. This image was…Read More »
produced from the STEREO space weather beacon telemetry. Less «
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Image of the solar corona, taken by the SECCHI outer coronagraph (COR2) on the STEREO Ahead observatory on June 8, 2010 at 01:09:35 UT. Click to enlarge.
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M-Class Solar Flare - Solar Dynamics Observatory
A powerful M9-class solar flare erupted from the sun at 10:09 p.m. EDT on July 29 (0209 GMT July 30).
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The Sun Has a Smile
This still from a NASA video shows an apparent smiley face on the sun as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The solar happy face is seen in different…Read More »
wavelengths in a video posted on July 25, 2011. Less «
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Major Solar Flare of August 9, 2011
This image from the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the X6.9 solar flare of Aug. 9, 2011 near the western limb (right edge) of the sun.
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New Year's Eve Solar Flare: M6.4 on 12/31/13
An M6.4 class solar flare erupts from the sun in this image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which was captured on Dec. 31, at 4:59 p.m. EST.
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2014 New Year's Day Solar Flare: M9.9 (Full Disk)
Several wavelengths of light combine in this full disk version of a New Year's Day solar flare, categorized as an M9.9 and peaking at 1:52 p.m. EST on Jan. 1, 2014.
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Large Sunspot: January 2014 Solar Flares
The large sunspot near the center of the sun is part of an active region that produced a mid-strength solar flare on Jan. 7, 2014. An outline of the flare…Read More »
can be seen in the overlay. The sunspot group is some seven Earth's across. Less «
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X1.2 Solar Flare Full Sun: Jan. 7, 2014
This full-sun view combines two images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured on Jan. 7, 2014. Together, the images show the location of a giant…Read More »
sunspot group on the sun, and the position of an X-class flare that erupted at 1:32 p.m. EST. Less «
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Setting Sun with Sunspot AR 1944 HDR Filtered by Petricca
Credit: Giuseppe Petricca
Giuseppe Petricca sent SPACE.com this HDR filtered photo of the setting sun with sunspot AR 1944 still visible on the horizon. Petricca took this photo…Read More »
on Jan. 7 from Sulmona, Italy using a Nikon P90 bridge camera on a tripod (ISO 64, f/6.3, 1/1200" exposure). Welding glass was used giving the photo a green color. Less «
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Close-Up of Solar Flare Seen by Solar Dynamics Observatory on Jan. 30, 2014
A solar flare erupts on Jan. 30, 2014, as seen by the bright flash on the left side of the sun, captured here by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees a Solar Flare and a Lunar Transit
A solar flare erupts on Jan. 30, 2014, as seen by the bright flash on the left side of the sun, captured here by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. In…Read More »
the lower right corner the moon can be seen, having just passed between the observatory and the sun. Less «
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Tariq joined Purch's Space.com team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and space science. He became Space.com's Managing Editor in 2009. Before joining Space.com, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Google+, Twitter and on Facebook.