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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Pluto Weather Forecast: Probe Likely to Find It Gusty and Gassy
Artist's concept of NASA's New Horizons probe in the Pluto system.
April 6th, 2015
Thanks to instruments on board NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft, which will fly by Pluto this summer, scientists are able to get an unprecedented look at the space weather near the dwarf planet.
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Giant Solar Filament Snakes Across Sun in Stunning NASA Photo
A dark, snaking line across the lower half of the sun in this image, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Feb. 10, 2015, shows a filament of solar material hovering above the sun's surface.
March 19th, 2015
A dark line more than half a million miles long curves across the lower half of the sun in a gorgeous photo snapped by a NASA spacecraft. The line — what scientists call a solar filament — is longer than 67 Earths lined up side-by-side.
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Speedy Particles Caught Erupting from Comet's Tail
Koda with Photo of Comet 2013 R1 Tail
March 18th, 2015
Particles within a comet's tail can quickly whip up to the speed of the solar wind, according to observations of a comet in 2013.
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Northern Lights Webcast Tonight: Watch Amped Up Auroras Live
This spectacular photo of the northern lights over Iceland was captured by photographer Juan Carlos Casado with the online observatory Slooh/IAC Expedition.
March 17th, 2015
Auroras around the world could be super-charged tonight thanks to a severe solar storm impacting Earth, but even if bad weather hinders your view of the northern lights, you can still catch them live in a webcast online.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – March 15, 2015
Enceladus Cross-Section
March 15th, 2015
NASA launched a new space-weather mission and scientists found evidence of a hydrothermal system on Saturn's ocean-bearing moon Enceladus. Here's a look at's top stories of the week.
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See the Spectacular Aurora Photos from St. Patrick's Day Solar Storm
Aurora Over Kiruna, Sweden, March 17, 2015
March 18th, 2015
Green auroras danced in skies around the world last night thanks to a massive solar storm that super-charged the cosmic light displays for St. Patrick's Day.
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St. Patrick's Day Solar Storm Bombards Earth, Sparks Auroras
This NOAA image shows the forecast for aurora activity on March 17, 2015 during a severe solar storm. NOAA space weather experts say there is a chance for auroras as far south as the mid-United States, along a line extending through Tennessee.
March 17th, 2015
A massive solar storm is bombarding Earth today (March 17), sparking stronger than normal auroras for St. Patrick's Day. The solar storm poses no threat to satellites, but may affect GPS and radio signals.
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