05 July 2012, 04:42 PM ET
The sun unleashed a powerful M5.6-class solar flare from sunspot AR1515 on July 4, 2012, just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations marking the U.S. Independence Day holiday.
05 July 2012, 04:36 PM ET
See images solar flares erupting from sunspot AR1515 in July 2012.
05 July 2012, 04:31 PM ET
The flare came from an active sunspot region that has now spewed 12 solar flares since July 3.
04 July 2012, 10:50 AM ET
Seeing spots on the sun has a long history. Check out some great sunspot photos.
04 July 2012, 09:07 AM ET
The sun is firing off some fireworks of its own on the Fourth of July.
02 July 2012, 05:31 PM ET
The sun let loose with a M5.6-class solar flare on July 2.
02 July 2012, 11:32 AM ET
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.
29 June 2012, 01:49 PM ET
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.
28 June 2012, 10:11 AM ET
The astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to study the planet's atmosphere.
28 June 2012, 08:56 AM ET
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.
27 June 2012, 01:01 PM ET
The sun's super-tornadoes are thousands of miles across and may super-heat the star's atmosphere.
26 June 2012, 04:02 PM ET
Solar storms can wreak havoc on power grids and communications infrastructure.
22 June 2012, 10:07 AM ET
See photos from astrophotographers of great aurora scenes from June 2012.
22 June 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The video incorporates thousands of images of auroras over northern Sweden.
21 June 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The solar prominence was seen on June 18 by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
20 June 2012, 05:16 PM ET
The Slooh Space Camera will air a special show to celebrate the new season.
19 June 2012, 01:56 PM ET
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.
19 June 2012, 12:02 PM ET
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".
18 June 2012, 04:58 PM ET
The flares unleashed two coronal mass ejections that hit Earth on June 16.
18 June 2012, 02:13 PM ET
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.
14 June 2012, 07:00 AM ET
The T-shirt had kissed the edge of Alaska's northern lights.
12 June 2012, 04:18 PM ET
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.
12 June 2012, 03:21 PM ET
The massive solar flare erupted from the sun on March 7, 2012.
11 June 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer Vegastar Carpentier captured this amazing view of the giant sunspot AR 1476.
07 June 2012, 10:38 AM ET
The northern lights are more formally known as auroras, and are caused by interactions between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field.
04 June 2012, 01:46 PM ET
Thomas Ashcraft caught sunspot 1496 flare up and send a wave of super-heated plasma across the face of the Sun on June 3rd, 2012. He also captured the sounds emitted using a shortwave radio telescope.
01 June 2012, 02:55 PM ET
The feature is actually a coronal hole, an area where the sun's outer atmosphere is dark.
31 May 2012, 10:22 AM ET
An unexpected pulse of high-energy particles surprised scientists after moderate solar flare.
29 May 2012, 06:00 AM ET
Swedish skywatcher P-M Heden takes stunning photo of northern lights over northern Sweden.
17 May 2012, 03:04 PM ET
The flare from huge sunspot complex AR 1476 triggered a moderate radiation storm.
17 May 2012, 10:28 AM ET
This multiple filtered/wavelength view of an M5 class solar flare that occurred on May 17th, 2012 was taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. It gives researchers a better understanding of the Sun through its many colored eyes.
16 May 2012, 01:00 PM ET
Superflares could pack the punch of 10,000 solar flares.
16 May 2012, 09:41 AM ET
Learn about the people who watch what the sun is dishing out.
16 May 2012, 07:00 AM ET
Test your knowledge of Earth's closest star.
14 May 2012, 03:15 PM ET
Skywatchers in New York safely observed the sun in April to preview for a solar eclipse and Venus transit.
11 May 2012, 02:34 PM ET
See amazing photos of a giant sunspot crossing the face of the sun in May 2012.