03 January 2012, 12:14 PM ET
An active region on the Sun produced dozens of outbursts including a medium sized flare and coronal mass ejection. This time-lapse video highlights the year ending fireworks. Images captured by SDO on December 29-30, 2011.
28 December 2011, 08:22 AM ET
The sun finally woke up this year after a five-year slumber.
27 December 2011, 03:01 PM ET
Temporary radio blackouts could result as well.
22 December 2011, 02:00 PM ET
The mystery of Mercury's weak magnetic field may be solved.
19 December 2011, 03:03 PM ET
Skywatcher Yuichi Takasaka was in the right place at the right time for this stunning photo.
14 December 2011, 03:05 PM ET
Asteroids, comets, eclipses, eruptions and discoveries highlight a very active year in space. Here are some of the astronomical highlights that made 2011 a special year to peer into the cosmos.
08 December 2011, 10:56 AM ET
Intense solar storms can strip material off the surface of the moon like a sandblaster, a new study finds.
07 December 2011, 11:03 AM ET
The sun is coming out of a slumber and ramping up its activity.
06 December 2011, 02:55 PM ET
Best view yet of strange elves and sprites high in atmosphere.
05 December 2011, 02:50 PM ET
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is traveling through a new region about 11 billion miles away from the sun.
05 December 2011, 06:47 AM ET
Jupiter-sized planet CoRoT-2b is routinely slammed by solar storms that are 100,000 times stronger than what we experience on Earth, decimating its atmosphere. Researchers speculate that auroras would be seen at all latitudes on the planet.
30 November 2011, 09:12 AM ET
Vibrant Northern Lights filled the night sky over Abisko National Park on November 28, 2011. Chad Blakley (www.lightsoverlapland.com) captured this stunning time-lapse video.
17 November 2011, 02:00 PM ET
The sun may not be about to enter a prolonged quiescent period, as some scientists have predicted.
15 November 2011, 01:56 PM ET
A time-lapse video that strings together photographs taken by space station astronauts shows Earth in all its glory.
15 November 2011, 11:51 AM ET
On November 14, 2011, an extremely long filament (about 466,000 miles) stemming from an eruption on the Sun snapped its tail. It was not directed towards Earth. The imagery was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and music by Atom Strange.
14 November 2011, 07:00 AM ET
The northern or southern lights are caused by a collision of charged particles in Earth's atmosphere.
11 November 2011, 01:12 PM ET
A solar flare this week could amp up the northern lights this weekend.
11 November 2011, 08:34 AM ET
There is absolutely no chance of a giant solar flare destroying life on Earth in 2012, NASA scientist C. Alex Young says.
11 November 2011, 06:50 AM ET
No solar flare is powerful enough to do the job.
05 November 2011, 12:22 AM ET
What was the most amazing view from space this week?
04 November 2011, 05:40 PM ET
The sunspot is 50,000 miles wide and is the largest in years on the sun.
04 November 2011, 02:45 PM ET
An X-class solar flare and and a Coronal Mass Ejection through the eyes of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and STEREO spacecraft on November 3rd, 2011. One of the largest sunspots in years drives this solar activity.
03 November 2011, 01:09 PM ET
Solar flares and huge explosions called coronal mass ejections are often associated with active regions.
03 November 2011, 12:14 PM ET
Japan Space Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa recorded lightning, auroras and the islands of Japan at night during more than 30 hours of Earth observation through windows of the International Space Station.
29 October 2011, 08:00 AM ET
What was the most amazing view from space this week?
28 October 2011, 02:00 PM ET
Imagery taken from ISS of the United States at night, facing north and with an amazing view of an Aurora Borealis. Captured by astronauts aboard space station on October 18th, 2011.
27 October 2011, 10:27 AM ET
Activity on the Sun is due to reach its peak around early 2014, so expect more flares, eruptions and ejections for the next few years. Early predictions say the estimated Sun activity between 2020-2030 may not be nearly as intense as the 2000-teens.
25 October 2011, 04:36 PM ET
The Stereo probes have allowed scientists to see the sun's entire surface simultaneously.
25 October 2011, 04:24 PM ET
A massive sun storm made its way to Earth on October 24th, producing an intense and vibrant Northern Lights display that was seen as far south as Arkansas. Brian Emfinger shot this time-lapse video from the town of Ozark.
25 October 2011, 01:16 PM ET
NASA's STEREO A satellite captured Comet Encke's tail being torn off by a coronal mass ejection in 2007. Magnetic field interactions are thought to be the culprit behind the comet losing its tail.
25 October 2011, 11:11 AM ET
See amazing skywatcher photos of the dazzling Oct. 24 northern lights aurora displays.
25 October 2011, 10:13 AM ET
The stunning Oct. 24 northern lights display reached as far south as Arkansas.
10 October 2011, 07:10 AM ET
Three stunning videos showcase the beauty of our planet from the International Space Station.
05 October 2011, 07:00 AM ET
The missions, called Solar Orbiter and Euclid, will launch in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
02 October 2011, 06:00 AM ET
Was it the solar flares on the sun, Frankenstein's monster moon mystery or something else?
30 September 2011, 02:00 PM ET
Currently crossing the sun, Sunspot 1302 is one of the most active sunspot groups in years.