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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Giant Sun 'Filament' Is 1 Million Miles Long (Video, Photos)
October 8th, 2014
The sinuous feature, which was imaged on Sept. 30 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), extends for about 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) — about 100 times the width of Earth, agency officials said.
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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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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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Incredible Solar Flare Video Captured by NASA Spacecraft
M7.3-Class Solar Flare Oct. 2, 2014
October 3rd, 2014
A NASA satellite charged with staring at the sun captured an incredible image of the star bursting forth with a moderately sized solar flare Thursday.
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