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).
Sunspot AR1515 unleashed an M5.6 flare on July 2nd, 2012. The resulting coronal mass ejection (CME) may cause geomagnetic storms on Earth in coming days.
A strong flare erupted from sunspot AR1513 on June 29th, 2012 and the Solar Dynamics Observatory was on hand to record it with its ultraviolet camera. This time-lapse is looped and slowed for a close-up view.
The astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to study the planet's atmosphere.
The Hubble Space Telescope has seen a burst of evaporation in the upper atmosphere of exoplanet HD 189733b following a intense flare from its parent star - leading scientists to believe that the extreme x-ray radiation from the flare is the culprit.
The sun's super-tornadoes are thousands of miles across and may super-heat the star's atmosphere.
Solar storms can wreak havoc on power grids and communications infrastructure.
See photos from astrophotographers of great aurora scenes from June 2012.
The video incorporates thousands of images of auroras over northern Sweden.
The solar prominence was seen on June 18 by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
The Slooh Space Camera will air a special show to celebrate the new season.
Chad Blakley spent 2000 hours over the last three years photographing auroras in Abisko National Park in Sweden. Editor Thomas Malkowicz compiled time-lapses of thousands of still images to create this truly epic video for www.lightsoverlapland.com.
A solar prominence erupted on June 18th, 2012 to some resembling the terrifying creature from the Alien movie series. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory team dubbed the phenomenon the "Alien Prometheus Prominence".
The flares unleashed two coronal mass ejections that hit Earth on June 16.
Sunspot AR 1504 unleashed an M Class flare on June 14th, 2012. The solar storm reached Earth, unraveling auroras in the magnetosphere on June 16th.
The T-shirt had kissed the edge of Alaska's northern lights.
The powerful March 7th, 2012 X5.4 class flare lit up the instrumentation on the Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope becoming the brightest object in its field of view. The gamma rays peaked at 2 billion times the energy of visible light.
The massive solar flare erupted from the sun on March 7, 2012.
Astrophotographer Vegastar Carpentier captured this amazing view of the giant sunspot AR 1476.