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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Sun Unleashes Medium-Strength Solar Flare (Photo)
SDO Photo of Solar Flare, Aug. 24, 2015
August 24th, 2015
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured an image of the flare, which erupted at 3:33 a.m. EDT (0733 GMT) this morning from a sunspot known as active region 2403.
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'Eiffel Tower' Prominence Towers Over The Sun
Eiffel Tower prominence on sun
August 18th, 2015
An astrophotographer spotted a beautifully-formed solar prominence that looks like a giant version of the famous Parisian landmark.
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Wild Sunspot Activity Looks Tamer in 400-Year Recount
Sunspots on 14 January 14, 2013
August 14th, 2015
Daily sunspot counts going back 400 years have been revisited by scientists who say the numbers aren't quite right, suggesting solar activity has not varied as wildly as previously thought.
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Yes, Even the Equator Can Get Slammed by Solar Storms
2014 Solar Storm
August 17th, 2015
When the magnetosphere shields Earth from these solar particles, they get funneled toward the polar regions of our atmosphere.
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Best Space Stories of the Week — August 2, 2015
Auroras on Brown Dwarf LSR J1835+3259
August 2nd, 2015
An alien aurora 1 million times brighter than Earth's, robots building a moon telescope, a $5.5 billion asteroid and more in Space.com's top news stories of the week.
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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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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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