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The Space Weather Threat... and How We Protect Ourselves

Lab Notes | Posted 04.19.2016 | Science
Lab Notes

Photo: NASA/GSFC/SDO By Geoffrey Reeves Many people think of space as a silent, empty void and the Sun as only a distant source of light and heat. N...

Living with Space Weather (Baby, It's Charged Outside)

Sarah Gibson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Science
Sarah Gibson

Just as a hurricane drives rain, wind, and floods, the space weather arising from a solar eruption can come in different forms. First comes the light from a solar flare, disrupting high-frequency radio communications more or less immediately.

(Still) Waiting for the Big One

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.15.2015 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

The sun is a stormy star that, across the centuries, has gifted our Earth with some incredible moments of calamity. Telegraph and radio technologies and even satellites and human safety have been placed in the breach of near-destruction. Is there a major "superstorm" in our future?

Powerful Flares Disrupt Communication Systems

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.22.2014 | Science

The sun is at it again, unleashing a series of solar flares including one that caused brief disruptions in communication systems. NASA said its spa...

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...

Solar Storm Warnings To Get Big Boost

natureheader | Elizabeth Gibney | Posted 12.28.2013 | Science

Christmas dinner by candlelight might seem quaint and appealing, but the possibility of days without satellite communications and power — let alone ...

WATCH: Sun Erupts With Flashy Flare | 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...

Terrible Cell Phone Reception? Blame The Sun

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.11.2013 | Science

Stop blaming AT&T and Verizon; all those dropped calls you’re experiencing may be coming from the sun. Eruptions of hot gas, called solar storms,...

Freak Space Weather Wreaks Havoc On Satellites | Megan Gannon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Science

High-speed eruptions of charged particles from the sun may be to blame for recent failures of satellites that people rely on to watch TV and use the I...

Solar 'Peak' Expected To Set Space Age Record | Megan Gannon | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science

Though the sun is currently in the peak year of its 11-year solar weather cycle, our closest star has been rather quiet over all, scientists say. Thi...

You'll Never Guess What Snow On Venus Is Made Of

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.14.2013 | Science

Bothered by the pelting rain this hurricane season? Be thankful you don't live on Venus, where it seems to snow heavy metal! Scientists have never ...

LOOK: Sun Goes Haywire For Two Days

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.22.2013 | Science

Was the sun in a bad mood this past weekend? Over a two-day period, it pumped out three powerful coronal mass ejections (CMEs). The first CME came at ...

Telescope Spies Strange 'Red Arcs' In Sky

Posted 04.02.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 04/02/2013 11:45 AM EDT on LiveScience Glowing red arcs invisible to the naked eye ha...

Giant Cyclone On Venus Perplexes Researchers

Posted 03.27.2013 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd Published: 03/26/2013 10:24 AM EDT on Elements of a giant cyclone circling above the south pole of Venus constantly br...

New Report Spotlights Dangers Of Solar Superstorms

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.08.2013 | Science

A massive solar superstorm could cause a spike in radiation levels on Earth, potentially disrupting terrestrial and space-based communications and sli...

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 ...

Space Probe Sheds Light On Planet's Unprecedented Storm

| Posted 01.17.2013 | Science

By John Matson | January 17, 2013 Just as regions of our planet have monsoon season, or tornado season, so too does Saturn have its own stormy s...

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...

TONIGHT: Huge Explosion On Sun May Boost Northern Lights

Posted 10.08.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 10/08/2012 11:26 AM EDT on A huge explosion on the sun has flung a wave of solar particles toward Earth, an e...

Cara Santa Maria

What Are Sun Storms REALLY Capable Of? | 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: Staff Published: 07/20/2012 03:12 PM EDT on A gigantic sunspot unleashed an intense solar flare early Thursday (July 19)...

Huge Solar Flare Fired Off By 'Active Region' On Sun

Posted 07.16.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 07/12/2012 02:36 PM EDT on This story was updated at 5 p.m. ET. The sun unleashed a huge flare Thursday (Jul...

PHOTO: Strange Vortex Discovered On Saturn's Moon

Posted 07.11.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 07/10/2012 07:18 PM EDT on A NASA spacecraft has spied a vortex swirling in the atmosphere high above...

Solar Tornado Study May Help Solve Longstanding Mystery

Posted 06.28.2012 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd Published: 06/27/2012 01:17 PM EDT on For years, scientists have struggled to determine why the sun's atmosphere is...

Space Weather Experts Share Secrets For Predicting Solar Flares

Posted 05.15.2012 | Science

By: Katharine Gammon, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor Published: 05/15/2012 09:54 AM EDT on OurAmazingPlanet Get ready for some solar action. Earth...