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Solar Storms: What You Need to Ask Your Power Company

Dennis Santiago | Posted 11.13.2014 | Science
Dennis Santiago

According to some calculations, there's a 16 percent chance that a significant CME will hit the earth dead center in the next decade. You might want to tell your power company to think about hurrying up with that surge protector and shunt.

Sun Throws Strong Solar Storm Our Way

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.12.2014 | Science

Not just one, but two strong solar flares burst off the sun's surface this week -- and now Earth is getting hit with the aftermath. While the solar...

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. ...

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: 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,...

Scientist Sounds Alarm Over Solar Storms

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Policy makers in the U.S. need to get serious about the threat posed by solar storms. So says Dr. Daniel Baker, a University of Colorado solar scienti...

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...

Sun Storm Gives Earth ENORMOUS Blast

Space.com | Tariq Malik | Posted 08.22.2013 | Science

The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday (Aug. 21) — the second in two days — hurtling billions of tons of charged particles ...

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...

Surprising Suspect In Ancient Tree Ring Mystery

| Posted 03.15.2013 | Science

By Sean Treacy A mysterious burst of charged particles from space hit Earth at some point from 774 to 775 C.E. Scientists know this thanks to a spik...

WATCH: Sun Ejects Speeding Particles Toward Earth

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.04.2013 | Science

The sun recently unleashed a massive coronal mass ejection (CME), sending particles speeding toward our planet at around 575 miles per second. The ...

Huge Solar Blast May Boost Northern Lights This Week

Posted 01.15.2013 | Science

By: Space.com, staff Published: 01/14/2013 05:09 PM EST on SPACE.com A huge sun eruption on Sunday (Jan. 13) unleashed a wave of solar plasma ai...

Growing Sunspot Unleashes Strong Solar Flare

Posted 01.12.2013 | Science

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

Do Solar Storms Influence Our Behavior?

George M. Young | Posted 02.02.2013 | Science
George M. Young

Human history does indeed seem to show rhythmic patterns of rise and fall, widespread excitability and widespread calm. The problem is in the specifics, the details, the charts and graphs.

WATCH: Sun Unleashes Vast Plumes Of Super-Hot Plasma

Posted 11.18.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 11/17/2012 09:44 AM EST on SPACE.com The sun unleashed a monster eruption of super-hot plasma Friday (Nov. 16) in bac...

Look: Awesome NASA Photo Compares Massive Fiery Filament With Earth's Circumference

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.12.2012 | Science

On Aug. 31, a massive filament of super-heated plasma exploding out from the sun and into outer space was captured in photos and film collected by NAS...

PHOTOS: Enormous Solar Eruption Seen Up Close

Posted 09.07.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 09/07/2012 10:09 AM EDT on SPACE.com NASA spacecraft watching the sun have captured jaw-dropping pictures and vid...

WOW: Weird Solar Flare Photographed By Sun-Watching Spacecraft

Posted 09.04.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 09/03/2012 08:20 AM EDT on SPACE.com An enormous sun eruption, shaped like a giant glowing light bulb, was captured...

Cara Santa Maria

What Are Sun Storms REALLY Capable Of?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.21.2012 | Science

What actually happens during a solar storm? How do sunspots, flares, and coronal mass ejections relate to one another? And what's the real effect the ...

WATCH: Sun Fires Off Spectacular Solar Flare

Posted 07.21.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/20/2012 03:12 PM EDT on SPACE.com A gigantic sunspot unleashed an intense solar flare early Thursday (July 19)...

THIS WEEKEND: Solar Flares May Amp Up Northern Lights

Posted 07.13.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 07/13/2012 12:01 PM EDT on SPACE.com A massive solar eruption may trigger an exceptional weekend northern lights displa...

New Solar Flare Triggers Radio Blackout

Posted 07.06.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/05/2012 05:29 PM EDT on SPACE.com The sun fired off yet another intense solar flare today (July 5), the latest...

The Next Katrina Could Be a Deadly Solar Storm

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

The last recorded Solar Superstorm called the "Carrington Event" occurred over a period of nine days in 1859. Auroras were seen as far south as the Caribbean, and telegraph networks failed across the Northern Hemisphere, in some cases even catching fire.

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...

EXPLOSIVE: Solar Flare Eruption Smashes Old Record

Posted 06.13.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 06/13/2012 07:44 AM EDT on SPACE.com ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A massive flare that exploded from the solar surface in M...