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Spectacular Solar Flare Captured In New NASA Video

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 04.27.2016 | Science

A burst of radiation on the sun's surface that caused "moderate" disturbances with radio communications on Earth was shown in a new video NASA release...

NASA Time-Lapse Video Shows A Year In The Life Of The Sun

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 02.23.2016 | Science

Catching a clear view of the sun at sunrise or sunset is a treat, but watching a full year of the sun's activity in mere minutes? That's scientific an...

Watch The Sun Do Something Incredibly Weird

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 01.19.2016 | Science

A hypnotic new NASA video shows a solar filament erupt, causing explosions and then forming a series of giant magnetic arches of solar material, all o...

Stunning New Time Lapse Video Shows The Sun Up Close And Hot

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.10.2015 | Science

It's the sun, like few have ever seen it before. A new time lapse video posted on Vimeo features images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory sp...

This Enormous Solar Flare Will Make You Feel Very, Very Small

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.12.2015 | Science

Well, this certainly puts the size of our planet in perspective. The sun unleashed an enormous solar flare on Wednesday at 12:22 p.m. EDT. NASA's S...

Five Years On The Sun's Surface Captured In Spectacular Time-Lapse Video

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.15.2015 | Science

Since its launch in February 11, 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been busy watching the sun, capturing an image of the magnificent star ...

Massive Filament Snakes Across Sun's Surface

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.12.2015 | Science

Why so sad, sun? NASA's Solar Dynamics (SDO) spacecraft has spotted the sun looking like a frowny face, thanks to a massive, dark line snaking across ...

These 14 Images Of The Sun May Be The Most Spectacular Ever Snapped

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Science

The surface of the sun is constantly changing. To make sure it doesn't miss anything, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft is constantly...

Super-Colossal Hole Spotted On Sun As New Year Begins

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Science

Talk about big! A dark hole hundreds of times bigger than the Earth has been spotted on the surface of the sun. A photo of the enormous "coronal h...

Spacecraft Snaps Stunning X-Ray Portrait Of The Sun

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Science

NuSTAR may have been built to observe black holes and other objects in deep space, but NASA's supersensitive space telescope can also do a bang-up job...

14 Things You Didn't Know About How the Sun Will Die

David J. Eicher | Posted 10.21.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

At some 4.6 billion years old, the Sun is about halfway through its life. In another 5 billion years it will be a normal "adult" star no more. Here's the skinny on the upcoming demise of the star that you owe everything to: light, warmth, energy, and life.

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 'Fuse' Sparks Solar Eruption

Space.com | Tariq Malik | Posted 06.07.2014 | Science

A massive formation on the sun made of super-hot magnetic plasma erupted this week in an explosive solar storm captured on video by NASA spacecraft. ...

Powerful Solar Flare Reveals Its Secrets

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 05.21.2014 | Science

For the first time, a massive solar flare revealed the process that created it, confirming new theories about flares and the explosive ejections of so...

WATCH: Strange 'Hole' Spotted In Solar Atmosphere

Space.com | Tariq Malik | Posted 05.12.2014 | Science

A NASA spacecraft has made a surprising find on the surface of the sun: a square-shaped "hole" in the star's outer atmosphere. The dark square on the...

WATCH: Vast Solar Flare Is One For The Record Books

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.09.2014 | Science

This stupendous solar flare is one for the record books. The X-class flare erupted from the sun's surface on March 29, 2014, and NASA scientists sa...

WATCH: Massive Flare Triggers Blackout

Space.com | Tariq Malik | Posted 04.25.2014 | Science

The sun erupted with a massive solar flare late Thursday (April 24), triggering a temporary communications blackout on some parts of Earth. The power...

WATCH: Haunting Video Shows Sun In All Its Superheated Glory

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.12.2014 | Science

In the frigid month of February, it's easy to forget about that huge ball of fire at the center of Earth's orbit. But a trippy new NASA video show...

WATCH: Colossal Spirals Found On Sun After Decades-Long Search

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Colossal spiral-shaped flows of super-hot plasma have been discovered on the sun, completing a nearly 50-year quest to confirm their existence, scient...

WATCH: Sun Erupts With Flashy Flare

Space.com | Tariq Malik | Posted 10.25.2013 | Science

The sun erupted with one of the strongest solar flares it can unleash early Friday (Oct. 25), just days after firing off an intense solar storm at Ear...

Massive Solar Flare Sparks Radio Blackout

Posted 05.13.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 05/13/2013 06:54 AM EDT on SPACE.com The sun unleashed a colossal Mother's Day solar flare on Sunday (May 12) in what...

Massive Solar Flare Knocks Out Radio, NASA Says

Posted 04.11.2013 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 04/11/2013 12:38 PM EDT on SPACE.com The most powerful solar flare of the year erupted from the sun today (April 11) sp...

Scientists Forecast Fiery Solar Comeback

Posted 03.24.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 03/23/2013 09:43 AM EDT on SPACE.com 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 SPACE.com A colossal sunspot on the surface of the sun is large enough to swallow six Earths...

WATCH: Sun Greets New Year With Dazzling Eruption

Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 01/02/2013 08:12 AM EST on SPACE.com As people around the world  rang in the New Year to celebrate Earth's lates...