Space Weather, Solar Flares & Sun Storms: Latest News

See our amazing collection of stories and features about the increasingly important topic of space weather (aka solar storms).
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Wild Weather of Distant Stars May Affect Chances for Alien Life
Extrasolar planets
May 20th, 2015
Alien planets likely experience "space weather," just like Earth's solar system. A team of scientists is trying to determine if such weather could make other planets inhospitable to life.
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Life's Building Blocks Recreated in Space-Like Conditions
Artist's Concept of Alien Solar System
May 7th, 2015
Researchers have reproduced a wide array of life's building blocks in a scenario involving meteorites and the solar wind, suggesting that such chemicals may exist on many bodies in our solar system.
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Pluto Weather Forecast: Probe Likely to Find It Gusty and Gassy
Artist's concept of NASA's New Horizons probe in the Pluto system.
April 6th, 2015
Thanks to instruments on board NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft, which will fly by Pluto this summer, scientists are able to get an unprecedented look at the space weather near the dwarf planet.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – May 10, 2015
A SpaceX Dragon crew capsule prototype streaks into the sky during a launch abort system test on May 6, 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
May 10th, 2015
Russia's failed Progress 59 cargo spacecraft fell back to Earth, SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule launched on its first big test and the sun fired off its most powerful flare of 2015 so far. Here's a look at's top stories of the week.
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Sun Unleashes Most Powerful Solar Flare of 2015 (Video)
X2.7 Solar Flare, May 5, 2015
May 6th, 2015
The X-class solar flare — the most powerful class of sun storm — erupted Tuesday from a sunspot called Active Region 2339, peaking at 6:11 p.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured a gorgeous video of the flare.
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Solar Ropes Writhe on the Sun in First Hi-Def Pictures, Video
Still Image of Twisting Solar Structures
May 4th, 2015
Ropes of hot material that twist and writhe on the surface of the sun appear in unprecedented detail thanks to new observations.
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