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12 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) probe celebrated five years in Earth orbit Wednesday (Feb. 11), and the space agency marked the milestone with two new videos celebrating the spacecraft's images and scientific accomplishments.
11 February 2015, 06:30 PM ET
A private rocket carrying a space weather satellite, built to help warn Earthlings before a potentially dangerous solar storm strikes the planet, blasted off to orbit today from Florida.
11 February 2015, 11:26 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory acquired 200 million+ images in its past 1,826 days looking at the Sun. Goddard Space Flight Center pulled together these highlights for pure visual enjoyment in addition to cool science.
10 February 2015, 08:15 PM ET
Learn about the science behind the northern and southern lights.
09 February 2015, 07:40 PM ET
The International Space Station's crew captured imagery of the aurora borealis stretching into the light of the sunrise above the east coast on the United States and Canada.
07 February 2015, 02:22 PM ET
When SpaceX launches a long-delayed satellite on Sunday, the company hopes to do the amazing: return a rocket to Earth and land it on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
07 February 2015, 11:05 AM ET
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will monitor the solar winds and give NOAA forecasters better lead time for solar storms that can affect satellites, communication and power grids on Earth.
06 February 2015, 11:13 AM ET
The long-delayed Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) will orbit at the L1 Lagrange Point in the sun-Earth system, to monitor the solar wind and forecast space weather at Earth.
02 February 2015, 10:10 PM ET
The sun's unceasing activity affects our planet beyond providing obvious light and heat.
31 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The gorgeous green glow of the northern lights served as a backdrop for bright white rocket tails in a set of amazing new photos. Five rockets launched from Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska this week carried experiments aimed at studying the science be
22 January 2015, 09:50 AM ET
The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), one of three instruments flying on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), reached the mind-boggling milestone Monday (Jan. 19).
14 January 2015, 01:14 PM ET
The sun released its first significant solar flare of 2015 on Monday night, and started off the New Year with a BANG! See the video
13 January 2015, 01:51 PM ET
Like a multi-petal flower, an M5-class flare erupted from the sun on Jan. 12th, 2015 prodding the magnetic field phenomenon. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks in multiple wavelengths.
05 January 2015, 11:48 AM ET
An highly active sun encouraged photographer Chad Blakley ( to capture the Northern Lights from two different vantage points in Abisko National Park on Dec. 28th, 2014.
22 December 2014, 03:33 PM ET
An X1.8-class flare erupted from an active sunspot on Dec. 19th, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks.
22 December 2014, 09:50 AM ET
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped some incredible imagery of the Earth during his tour aboard the ISS. 12,5000 images of auroras, lightning, landscapes and nightscapes were compiled to create this tour of Earth.
20 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
See photos and images of the biggest solar flares of 2014 in this gallery of photos by NASA spacecraft and solar astronomers.
20 December 2014, 11:49 AM ET
The sun fired off a massive solar flare late Friday (Dec. 19), after days of intense storms from our nearest star. The huge solar flare registered as an X1.8-class event, the most powerful type of flare possible, and was captured on camera by NASA's powe
18 December 2014, 09:30 AM ET
On Dec. 15th, 2014, the northern lights were "massive " and "fast-moving" according to photographer Chad Blakley ( He captured imagery from 3 different locations in Abisko National Park.
14 December 2014, 07:19 AM ET
NASA released a video with incredible views of the massive coronal mass ejection that erupted from the sun in July 2012.
01 December 2014, 10:19 AM ET
Several Americans spent the holiday on top of Mt. Noulja in Abisko National Park on Nov. 27th, 2014. They were treated to an intense northern lights display which was captured by photographer/tour guide Chad Blakley (
25 November 2014, 10:33 AM ET
The largest sunspot to appear on Earth's nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.
19 November 2014, 01:53 PM ET
Recently returned NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman talks to's @TariqJMalik about experiencing powerful atmospheric phenomena and his photography while aboard the International Space Station.
11 November 2014, 12:19 PM ET
A humongous sunspot — the biggest one seen since 1990 — has so far produced no aurora-causing events, despite sending off 10 huge solar flares in less than two weeks.
08 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A weakening sun will more easily push Mars-bound astronauts beyond standard NASA radiation safety limits, putting them at increased risk for cancer, a new study warns.
07 November 2014, 09:24 AM ET
A sunspot that was larger than Jupiter had a very active run between Oct. 19th-27th, 2014. According to NASA, its was the "largest active region on the sun since 1990."
03 November 2014, 01:57 PM ET
Over 500GB of photos, taken from Oct. 26th-30th, 2014, have been compiled by Chad Blakley ( to deliver a "near real-time" experience to people who were unable to experience it live.
03 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The biggest sunspot to grace the face of the sun in more than two decades is rotating out of view, but it was responsible for kicking up some truly amazing solar activity this week.
27 October 2014, 11:11 AM ET
The largest sunspot observed on the sun in more than 20 years has been firing off powerful solar flares for the past week, and it's still producing strong solar storms.
26 October 2014, 08:08 PM ET
"As the (aurora) display grew, the strands slowly developed into a pulsating wave of flashing green lights," says photographer Chad Blakley after capturing imagery of the Northern Lights on October 24th, 2014.
25 October 2014, 09:10 AM ET
AR2192 has been a busy sunspot with a third X-flare on October 24th, 2014. According to, it also has "produced 27 C-lass flares and 9 M-Class flares." Full Story:
25 October 2014, 06:37 AM ET
The sun unleashed a major solar flare from a colossal sunspot on Friday (Oct. 24), the fourth big flare from the star in less than a week. The sunspot is the largest active region on the sun in the last 24 years, NASA scientists say.
22 October 2014, 07:25 PM ET
On October 22nd, 2012, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an M-class and X-class flare erupting from sunspot AR2192.
22 October 2014, 01:55 PM ET
Eruptions on the sun's surface are probably caused by giant, unstable magnetic plasma arches, a new study reports — a discovery that brings scientists one step closer to predicting solar outbursts that can wreak havoc on Earth.
21 October 2014, 03:34 PM ET
The sun fired off an X-class solar flare — the most powerful type — that peaked at 1:01 a.m. EDT Sunday. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured photos and video of the intense sun storm, which researchers classified as an X1.1 flare.
19 October 2014, 09:00 AM ET
An large sunspot (AR2192) emitted a X1-class solar flare on October 19th, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks. The blast site was not Earth-directed.