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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Supercharged Auroras May Be Visible Across Northern US Tonight
This aurora forecast by the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center shows the expected northern lights activity for Oct. 7, 2015 during a geomagnetic storm. The storm could make auroras visible as far south as Pennsylvania, Iowa and Oregon, according to an S
October 7th, 2015
A strong geomagnetic storm is amplifying the Earth's northern lights tonight (Oct. 7), making auroras potentially visible as far south as Pennsylvania, Oregon and Iowa, space weather experts say.
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Killer Radiation: How to Protect Martian Astronauts
2011 Solar Storm
October 6th, 2015
In "The Martian," Mark Watney deals with a lot of dangerous situations — food and communications being a couple of them. But what if his camp got hit by a solar storm? How could he protect himself?
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Intense Solar Flare Unleashed from Unruly Sunspot
Solar Flare of Sept. 28, 2015
September 29th, 2015
A strong solar flare took out low-frequency radio communications over South America and the Atlantic Ocean earlier today (Sept. 28), and the unstable sunspot is likely to erupt again.
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Watch a Striking Sunspot Cluster Split Apart in This NASA Video
Sunspots on Aug. 26, 2015
September 17th, 2015
In a new video, an enormous cluster of sunspots rotates across the sun's face before gradually separating into several distinct groups, which also fired off a bunch of solar flares.
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Wow! Space Station Astronauts Awed by Dazzling Auroras (Video)
Aurora Seen on the International Space Station
September 8th, 2015
A stunning video shows a breathtaking aurora light display captured from the International Space Station by astronaut Scott Kelly, who said it was like no other aurora he'd ever seen.
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