Solar Max: Amazing Sun Storm Photos of 2013

Gigantic Rolling Wave Captured on the Sun


coronal mass ejection (CME) erupted from just around the edge of the sun on May 1, 2013, in a gigantic rolling wave. CMEs can shoot over a billion tons of particles into space at over a million miles per hour. This CME occurred on the sun’s limb and is not headed toward Earth. [Read the Full Story]

Coronal Mass Ejection on April 21, 2013


The third coronal mass ejection in two days erupted off the sun in the direction of Mercury on April 21, 2013, at 12:39 p.m. EDT (1639 GMT). This image of the CME, shown shooting off the right side of the image, was capture by the joint ESA and NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). The sun is blocked in this image so its brightness doesn’t obscure the solar atmosphere, the corona. [Full Story]

Coronal Mass Ejection Headed Toward Mercury


This image of a coronal mass ejection (CME) was captured on April 20, 2013. The CME is headed in the direction of Mercury. The large bright spot on the left is Venus. [Full Story]

Sun Unleashes X1.7-Class Solar Flare: 5/12/13


This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a colossal X1.7-class solar flare erupting from the sun at 10:17 p.m. EDT on May 12, 2013 (Mother's Day). It is the strongest solar flare of 2013 so far. [Read the Full Story]

Mother's Day Solar Flare Closeup: X1.7 Sun Storm


A close-up of an an X1.7-class solar flare on May 12, 2013 as seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. [Read the full story.]

May 13, 2013 Coronal Mass Ejection


SOHO LASCO C2 image of the May 13, 2013 associated coronal mass ejection. [Read the full story.]

Strong Solar Flare: April 11, 2013


NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a powerful M6.5 class flare, the strongest of 2013 at the time, at 3:16 EDT on April 11, 2013. This image shows a combination of light in wavelengths of 131 and 171 Angstroms. [Full Story]

Strong Solar Flare: April 11, 2013 - Full Disk


This full-disk view of the sun was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on April 11, 2013, during the strongest solar flare yet seen in 2013. [Full Story]

April 11, 2013 Coronal Mass Ejection


The joint ESA/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured this series of images of a coronal mass ejection (CME) on the morning of April 11, 2013 over the course of 3:48 EDT to 4:36 EDT. Mars can be seen on the left. [See full story.]

April 11, 2013 Coronal Mass Ejection Coronagraphic Image


SOHO captured this coronagraphic (a telescopic attachment designed to block out the direct light from a star so that nearby objects can be seen) image of the April 11, 2013, CME as it moves further out into the heliosphere. [See full story.]

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