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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Spectacular Auroras from Solar Storms Wow Stargazers (Photos, Video)
Lapland aurora
September 15th, 2014
Back-to-back eruptions on the sun sparked a geomagnetic storm last week, which generated dazzling auroras over the northern latitudes.
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Early Aurora Photos from Solar Storm Double Whammy
Subtle Aurora Seen in Minnesota
September 12th, 2014
Skywatchers on the ground are already catching sight of some amazing looking auroras produced by solar material blown out from the sun during two major eruptions this week.
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Solar Storms Are Bombarding Earth Now, Amped-up Auroras Possible
A massive solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, can be seen blasting out from the sun's surface after powerful X1.6-class solar flare on Sept. 10, 2014.
September 12th, 2014
Two waves of solar material blown out by powerful sun eruptions n this week are hitting the Earth now, and could amplify the aurora displays for observers in northern regions.
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The Active Sun Fired Off a Big Solar Flare: Watch It Live Today
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of the sun's major X1.6-class solar flare on Sept. 10, 2014. The solar flare originated near the center of the sun, as seen from Earth, and released the flare in Earth's direction.
September 11th, 2014
The sun fired off strong flares Tuesday and Wednesday from a sunspot known as Active Region 2158, which will be the focus of a free webcast hosted today at 1 p.m. EDT by the online Slooh Community Observatory. Watch it here on Space.com.
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Spectacular Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun (Photos, Video)
Moderate Solar Flare on Aug. 24, 2014
August 26th, 2014
The sun kicked off this week with an explosive solar flare that, while not aimed directly at Earth, may be a hotspot to watch over the next few days.
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Back-to-Back Sun Storms May Supercharge Earth's Northern Lights
The northern lights dance over Earth in shimmering green light on Aug. 29, 2014.
September 11th, 2014
Powerful solar flares from the sun this week may amplify the northern lights displays over parts of the northern United States through the weekend, space weather scientists say.
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Sun Unleashes Major Solar Flare at Earth (Video)
This close-up of the sun shows the source of a major X1.6 solar flare that erupted on Sept. 10, 2014 at 1:48 p.m. ET as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
September 10th, 2014
The sun unleashed an X-class solar flare — the most powerful type — at 1:45 p.m. EDT today from an Earth-facing sunspot known as Active Region 2158. The flare poses no danger to anyone here on Earth, and orbiting astronauts are safe as well.
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