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 Radiation Belt Storm Probes are encased in a protective aluminum "suit of armor."
A series of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) resembling a light bulb erupted from the sun on August 20, 2012. The only question is, what was the sun's big idea?
The rounded coronal mass ejection was released by the sun on Aug. 20, 2012.
NASA will now try to launch the Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission on Sunday, Aug. 26.
A rocket tracking system glitch forced the delay, NASA officials said.
NASA's twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes will study Earth's radiation-heavy Van Allen Belts.
See how twin NASA spacecraft will look inside Earth's radiation belts in this SPACE.com infographic.
The Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission was scheduled to blast off Thursday morning.
Sprites are ultra-fast bursts of electricity born edge of space.
The decadal survey was sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation.
Rare electromagnetic bursts called 'sprites' that form above thunderstorms were filmed by Japan's NHK television at 10,000 frames per second. In April 2012, the International Space Station also captured the illusive phenomena over Southeast Asia.
The coronal mass ejection traveled between 1,800 and 2,200 miles per second.
A NASA spacecraft spotted the huge solar filament on the sun.
The Radiation Belt Storm Probes have strong shielding to protect from charged particles in space.
NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probe (RBSP) will study the Van Allen Radiation Belts in the Earth's magnetosphere. Dangerous charged particles from the Sun and distant sources pose a threat to astronauts and spacecraft systems.
In this space wallpaper, the Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission, part of NASA's Living With a Star program, will provide unprecedented insight into the physical dynamics of the radiation belts.
A pinkish-purple filament snakes between two massive sunspots.