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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 s...

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 t...

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 pow...

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, scie...

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 Ea...

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...

Sun's Strange Shape Surprises Astronomers

Posted 08.19.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 08/16/2012 02:54 PM EDT on SPACE.com In a strange twist of solar physics, the shape of our sun is rounder than pr...

WATCH: Summer's Strongest Solar Flare Yet

Posted 07.07.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 07/06/2012 09:22 PM EDT on SPACE.com The most powerful solar flare of the summer so far erupted from the sun Friday (...

WATCH: 'Alien' Eruption On Surface Of Sun

Posted 06.26.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 06/25/2012 03:31 PM EDT on SPACE.com A new video that cobbles together footage from a NASA solar observatory show...

WATCH: Breathtaking NASA Footage Of Venus Transit

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.06.2012 | Science

The recent transit of Venus across the sun is probably the last time anyone alive in 2012 will witness this rare celestial alignment. Fortunately, NAS...

LOOK: Odd Solar Spot Resembles 'Sesame Street' Favorite

Posted 06.04.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 06/01/2012 03:59 PM EDT on SPACE.com A new photo from a NASA sun-watching spacecraft highlights a huge solar feature t...

Huge Sunspots May Bring Powerful Solar Flares

Posted 05.08.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/08/2012 10:39 AM EDT on SPACE.com An enormous sunspot group has taken shape on the surface of the sun, hinting that ...

High Schoolers Launch Rubber Chicken Into Space

Posted 06.21.2012 | Education

The newest member of the exclusive space exploration club: A rubber chicken. During last month's solar storm -- the most intense radiation storm si...

WATCH: Huge Solar Flare Triggers Explosion Of Plasma

Posted 04.17.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 04/16/2012 05:08 PM EDT on SPACE.com The sun erupted in an amazing solar flare today (April 16), unleashing an intense ...

Solar Flare Eruption Covers Half The Sun

AP | Posted 08.08.2011 | Technology

(AP/THE HUFFINGTON POST) GREENBELT, Md. -- A medium-sized solar flare has erupted from the sun in an impressive display captured by NASA cameras. Scie...