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 crew of the International Space Station captured amazing imagery of the Northern Lights above Canada, Northern United States and the Pacific Ocean at the end of the January 2012.
The workhorse spacecraft has shed new light on the sun.
The sun's violent activity expands Earth's atmosphere, which increases the rate that space junk falls from orbit.
The Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) aboard the Curiosity rover is collecting data while en route to the Mars. This will give important information of the effects of radiation from events such as solar storms on spacecraft and their contents
A huge eruption of radiation from the sun was measured in space by NASA's MSL Curiosity rover.
Dangerous electrons from nearby radiation belts are more likely to escape into space than spiral down toward Earth.
Spectacular space images filled the last week of January, including one stunning photo from NASA's newest Earth-watching satellite and a brilliant image of a shooting star soaring over castle ruins.
The same sunspot to unleash a M.9 flare just a few days ago erupted again with the strongest of flares, X type, on January 27, 2012. Fortunately, the Earth was spared the full brunt of the solar shockwave, but a radiation storm may still be imminent.
An X-class flare, the most powerful type of solar storm, erupted from the sun today.
A huge solar flare triggered the strongest radiation storm since 2005.
You should always wear sunscreen, but there's no need to wear more than normal during a solar flare.
Sophisticated models help scientists predict the nature of solar storms that could affect Earth.
The auroras amazed skywatchers in Sweden, Finland and elsewhere Tuesday night (Jan. 24).
Lights Over Lapland photographer Chad Blakley captured this amazing view of the aurora borealis in Sweden on January 24th, 2012. The January 23rd solar flare and ensuing coronal mass ejection are the 'lighting engineers' of this incredible display.
Sunspots on the sun's surface are responsible for some recent major solar storms.
The geomagnetic storm is expected to last one to two days.
The Sun's far reaching effects on Earth's upper atmosphere were put on display on January 22, 2012 and captured by Helge Mortensen of Norway. A January 19th solar flare and ensuing Earth-directed coronal mass ejection is behind this aurora borealis.