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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Aurora Flare-ups on Jupiter Caused by Volcanic Moon Io
Blue Aurora on Jupiter
April 29th, 2015
Jupiter's aurora — constant curtains and waves of electric-blue colors high in the murky brown atmosphere — flare up because of an effect that has nothing to do with the sun and everything to do with the gas giant's moons.
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See the Spectacular Aurora Photos from St. Patrick's Day Solar Storm
Aurora Over Kiruna, Sweden, March 17, 2015
March 18th, 2015
Green auroras danced in skies around the world last night thanks to a massive solar storm that super-charged the cosmic light displays for St. Patrick's Day.
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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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Giant Solar Filament Snakes Across Sun in Stunning NASA Photo
A dark, snaking line across the lower half of the sun in this image, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Feb. 10, 2015, shows a filament of solar material hovering above the sun's surface.
March 19th, 2015
A dark line more than half a million miles long curves across the lower half of the sun in a gorgeous photo snapped by a NASA spacecraft. The line — what scientists call a solar filament — is longer than 67 Earths lined up side-by-side.
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Speedy Particles Caught Erupting from Comet's Tail
Koda with Photo of Comet 2013 R1 Tail
March 18th, 2015
Particles within a comet's tail can quickly whip up to the speed of the solar wind, according to observations of a comet in 2013.
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Northern Lights Webcast Tonight: Watch Amped Up Auroras Live
This spectacular photo of the northern lights over Iceland was captured by photographer Juan Carlos Casado with the online observatory Slooh/IAC Expedition.
March 17th, 2015
Auroras around the world could be super-charged tonight thanks to a severe solar storm impacting Earth, but even if bad weather hinders your view of the northern lights, you can still catch them live in a webcast online.
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