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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Amazing Africa: Continent Spied from Space in Gorgeous NASA Pic
Deep Space Climate Observatory View of Africa
July 30th, 2015
A NASA satellite that stares nonstop at the sunlit side of Earth has captured this captivating, crystal-clear view of Africa as the continent appears from space.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Gives Advanced Sunspot Warning from Sun's Far Side
Sunspot forming
July 22nd, 2015
The Curiosity rover on Mars has turned its cameras skyward and found sunspots brewing on the far side of the sun, a view that's impossible to get from Earth.
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Neptune's Strange Magnetic Field Stretches Arms in New Model (Video)
Neptune's Magnetic Field
July 8th, 2015
Scientists knew Neptune's magnetic field was strange, just not this strange: Researchers reconstructed the magnetic field of the distant planet and found a field constantly in flux, tilted and bubbling out to one side.
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First Alien Auroras Found, Are 1 Million Times Brighter Than Any On Earth
Auroras on Brown Dwarf LSR J1835+3259
July 29th, 2015
Astronomers have discovered the first aurora ever seen outside the solar system, an alien light show more powerful than any other aurora ever witnessed, perhaps 1 million times brighter Earth's northern lights.
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Gorgeous NASA Photo Captures Earth from 1 Million Miles Away
Earth Seen by NASA's DSCOVR Satellite
July 20th, 2015
NASA released today (July 20) the first image of the sunlit side of Earth taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft from its final science orbit, and the beautiful photo has already made quite an impact.
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Northern Lights Shimmer in Gorgeous 5-Hour Time-Lapse (Video)
Auroras over Maine
June 27th, 2015
For five hours, the sun's radiation created a stunning display over the dark skies of Maine.
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Pluto's Atmosphere Is Swept Back Like a Comet's Tail
Pluto's Escaping Nitrogen Atmosphere
July 22nd, 2015
Not only has NASA’s New Horizons mission confirmed that Pluto has an extended atmosphere, after its historic flyby on July 14, the spacecraft observed a “cavity” in the solar wind, revealing a long plasma tail reminiscent of a comet’s ion tail.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – July 12, 2015
Heart-Shaped Area on Pluto
July 12th, 2015
NASA's New Horizons probe captured amazing images of Pluto, scientists revealed details about a proposed superpowerful space telescope and NASA announced its first four commercial-crew astronauts. Here are's top stories of the week.
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Going Interstellar: Q&A With Author Kim Stanley Robinson
Tau Ceti Planetary System
July 7th, 2015
Interstellar travel could be humanity's greatest challenge — or humanity's greatest mistake. A Q&A with author Kim Stanley Robinson on his new novel, "Aurora," explores the feasibility of interstellar travel, artificial intelligences, and storytelling.
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