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Solar Activity

The Sun's Activity May Help Determine How Long You'll Live

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.09.2015 | Science

The sun sustains life on Earth, and maybe that's not all it does. Provocative new research by scientists in Norway suggests there may be a link betwee...

LOOK: The Sun Has Gone Eerily Quiet... Or Has It?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science

Our sun erupted with activity, sported several sunspots and unleashed massive solar flares just last month in what scientists dubbed a "solar mini max...

WATCH: Massive Solar Eruptions Create 'Perfect Storm'

natureheader | Elizabeth Gibney | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science

The interaction of three huge ejections of particles and magnetic field from the Sun was behind a massive solar storm in interplanetary space in 2012,...

Are We Headed Toward A Mini Ice Age?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

If you thought the polar vortex was bad, get a load of a new climate phenomenon that just might be coming our way. Some scientists say we could be ...

Scientists Forecast Fiery Solar Comeback

Posted 03.24.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 03/23/2013 09:43 AM EDT on The sun should roar back to life sometime in 2013, producing its second activity pea...

Huge New Sunspot Could Swallow HOW MANY Earths?

Posted 02.21.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 02/20/2013 07:32 PM EST on A colossal sunspot on the surface of the sun is large enough to swallow six Earths...

Surprising Links Seen Between Solar Activity, Earth's Climate

Posted 01.18.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 01/17/2013 07:56 AM EST on Even small changes in solar activity can impact Earth's climate in significant...

Growing Sunspot Unleashes Strong Solar Flare

Posted 01.12.2013 | Science

By: Staff Published: 01/11/2013 06:02 PM EST on The surface of the sun erupted in a solar flare early today (Jan. 11), unleash...

Solar Storm Forecasters See Record-Setting Year

Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 01/04/2013 10:07 AM EST on The sun's peak of solar activity this year will likely be the quietest seen...

Giant Sunspot Fires Off Spectacular Solar Flare

Posted 05.11.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 05/11/2012 11:35 AM EDT on A huge sunspot that dwarfs the Earth is unleashing a series of powerful solar fl...

Global Warming: What Happens When You Factor Out the Other Factors

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

2011-12-14-Screenshot20111214at6.04.10PM.jpg Has the warming trend slowed in the 2000s? Yes and no.

Massive Plasma Blasts Caught On Video

Posted 11.25.2011 | Technology

Huge plasma blasts appear to explode off the sun's surface in a video released by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The SDO is part of a missio...

The Entire Sun Imaged For The First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

On Super Bowl Sunday, NASA released the first-ever simultaneous view of the entire sun. NASA's STEREO probes, twin telescopes launched in 2006, move...

Letter From Earth: We're Getting Warmer

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

2010 is shaping up to be the warmest year on record. The U.S. National Climatic Data Center has released its preliminary analysis of global temperatures for the month of April: it was a hot one.