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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Huge Magnetic 'Ropes' Drive Powerful Sun Explosions
View of a typical solar eruption using data from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory spacecraft. Earth depicted for scale.
October 22nd, 2014
Eruptions on the sun's surface are probably caused by giant, unstable magnetic plasma arches, a new study reports — a discovery that brings scientists one step closer to predicting solar outbursts that can wreak havoc on Earth.
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NASA Probe Finds Nanoflares and Plasma 'Bombs' on Sun
IRIS' View of Active Region on the Sun
October 16th, 2014
A NASA probe has peered into the sun's atmosphere and found 'bombs' of plasma, jets that affect solar wind and nanoflares that rapidly accelerate particles.
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Water On the Moon Came from Solar Wind
Moon From Dublin
October 8th, 2014
An analysis of rocks brought back to Earth by NASA's Apollo missions suggests that most of the water trapped in rocks on the moon's surface originated from streams of solar particles rather than comet impacts.
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Huge Solar Flare Erupts from Biggest Sunspot in 24 Years (Photos)
A massive X3.1 solar flare erupts from the giant sunspot AR 12192 on Oct. 24, 2014 in this close-up view from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft that constantly watches Earth's nearest star.
October 25th, 2014
The sun unleashed a major solar flare from a colossal sunspot on Friday (Oct. 24), the fourth big flare from the star in less than a week. The sunspot is the largest active region on the sun in the last 24 years, NASA scientists say.
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Sun Unleashes Powerful X-Class Solar Flare (Video, Photos)
X-Class Solar Flare of Oct. 19, 2014
October 21st, 2014
The sun fired off an X-class solar flare — the most powerful type — that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT Sunday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare.
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NASA Spots Creepy Face on the Sun (Photos)
The Sun's 'Jack-O-Lantern' Face
October 14th, 2014
Boo! An amazing new photo taken by a NASA spacecraft seems to show the sun with creepy jack-o-lantern grin just in time for Halloween.
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