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Solar Storms

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...

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 ...

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...

Freak Space Weather Wreaks Havoc On Satellites

Space.com | 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...

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 ...

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...

Solar Simulation Shows 'Heartbeat' That Pumps Out Sunspots, Solar Flares

Posted 04.05.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 04/04/2013 02:08 PM EDT on SPACE.com A magnetic "solar heartbeat" beats deep in the sun's interior, gene...

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...

NASA Launches Satellites To Explore Radiation Belts

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 10.29.2012 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Twin satellites rocketed into orbit Thursday on a quest to explore Earth's treacherous radiation belts and protect the p...

Earth In Crosshairs Of 'Coronal Mass Ejection'

Posted 07.30.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 07/30/2012 04:43 PM EDT on SPACE.com A medium-size solar flare erupted from the sun this weekend, hurling a cloud o...

WATCH: 'MRI' Of Sun Yields Big Surprise

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

The sun isn't going to start having health problems for another few billion years, but that didn't stop a team of scientists from giving it a stellar ...

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 SPACE.com For years, scientists have struggled to determine why the sun's atmosphere is...

NASA Mission To The Sun Due To Launch In 2018

The Los Angeles Times | Amina Khan | Posted 03.12.2012 | Science

The chest-high rack of electronics Justin Kasper is assembling in a Massachusetts office park will fit in a shoe box before he's done. It won't be ...

Mystery of Sunspot Formation Said Solved

Posted 02.02.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 02/01/2012 02:52 PM EST on SPACE.com Scientists may be one step closer to unraveling the mystery of sunspots —...

WATCH: January's Northern Lights Dazzle In Real Time

Posted 02.14.2012 | Green

After January's solar storm, residents of the Northern Hemisphere were treated to an especially dazzling performance of the northern lights. The s...

PHOTOS: Amazing Images Of The 2012 Solar Storm

Posted 01.25.2012 | Science

A solar storm created a dazzling light show in the northern latitudes of Earth on Tuesday. The storm also bombarded the Earth with radiation in the fo...

Delta Reroutes Flights Over Solar Storm

Posted 01.25.2012 | Travel

UPDATE, 1/25: A Delta spokesman told Reuters that the flight re-routing has added roughly 15 minutes to flights. United confirmed it re-routed one...

WATCH: Huge Solar Storm Could Affect Astronauts, Satellites

AP/The Huffington Post | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 03.24.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- The sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving er...

Weaker Sun Will Not Delay Global Warming, Study Finds

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2012 | Green

LONDON (Reuters) - A weaker sun over the next 90 years is not likely to significantly delay a rise in global temperature caused by greenhouse gases, a...

WATCH: Sun Emits Powerful Blast

Posted 01.07.2012 | Technology

The sun was on fire last week. Sorry, we couldn't resist. But when it came to solar activity, the big shining star didn't let us down. On Thurs...

Part Of Sun Turns Into Stormy 'Benevolent Monster'

AP | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- After years of quiet, the sun is coming alive with solar storms in a big way. The sun shot off a flare Thursday afternoon from a region...

WATCH: Time-Lapse Shows Solar Eruption Engulfs View Of Venus

Posted 10.18.2011 | Green

Too bright! This time-lapse footage captured Tuesday by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows a "coronal mass ejection" as it sparks between...

Solar Flare Rocks The Sun, Earth 'Lucked Out'

Posted 10.09.2011 | Green

A solar flare "rocked the sun" Tuesday morning. The solar flare, which began at 3:48 a.m. EDT, was the largest in four years, writes Space.com. Ac...

LISTEN: More Solar Storms Coming?

Posted 08.31.2011 | Denver

It’s getting increasingly stormy on the sun and that’s likely to cause problems on earth. A center in Boulder tracks solar activity 24/7 and sound...

Official: Countries Should Prepare For 'Potentially Devastating Effects' Of Solar Storms

AP | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green

GENEVA -- A senior official at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says solar storms pose a growing threat to criticial infrastru...