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).
The northern lights are more formally known as auroras, and are caused by interactions between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field.
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.
The feature is actually a coronal hole, an area where the sun's outer atmosphere is dark.
An unexpected pulse of high-energy particles surprised scientists after moderate solar flare.
Swedish skywatcher P-M Heden takes stunning photo of northern lights over northern Sweden.
The flare from huge sunspot complex AR 1476 triggered a moderate radiation storm.
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.
Superflares could pack the punch of 10,000 solar flares.
Learn about the people who watch what the sun is dishing out.
Skywatchers in New York safely observed the sun in April to preview for a solar eclipse and Venus transit.
See amazing photos of a giant sunspot crossing the face of the sun in May 2012.
The sunspot group dubbed Active Region 1476 is one of the largest since the 2003 "Halloween Storm.” This video shows the path and development of this sunspot group from May 5 through May 11, 2012.
The solar flares are coming from a sunspot far bigger than the Earth.
Sunspot AR1471 unleashed an M-class solar flare on May 7th, 2012. Forecasters at the Goddard Space Weather lab predict that coronal mass ejection will reach Earth on May 9th. These storms can cause brief radio blackouts in the polar regions.
The sunspot group AR 1476 measures more than 60,000 miles from end to end.
The four-minute video was filmed by crewmembers aboard the International Space Station.
Shawn Stockman-Malone captured the greens and purples of the aurora borealis in all their glory over the south shore of the lake in Michigan's upper peninsula. Shot on April 24, 2012 at about 2am.