Space weather expert has ominous forecast
A stream of highly charged particles from the sun is headed straight toward Earth, threatening to plunge cities around the world into darkness and bring the global economy screeching to a halt.
Diagnosing a black hole flare
(Phys.org) -- Black holes can come in a wide range of masses. Some, with only about one solar mass, result from the supernova death of a massive star, while those at the center of galaxies (called supermassive ...
Goddard collaborates with international partners on Magnetospheric Multiscale instrument
Whether it's a giant solar flare or a beautiful green-blue aurora, just about everything interesting in space weather happens due to a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. Reconnection occurs when magnetic ...
The Sun spits out a coronal mass ejection
Ever squirted water out of your mouth when playing in a swimming pool or lake? This Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) release by the Sun on April 15, 2012 looks reminiscent of such water spouting.
Space weather forecast: Sunspotty, with an increasing chance of solar storms
(Phys.org) -- The past few months have seen a spate of solar flares bringing spectacular views of the northern lights as far south as Seattle along with media speculation that the electrical ...
Researchers take first-ever measurement of auroral turbulence using a nanosatellite radar receiver
Researchers from SRI International and the University of Michigan have taken the first-ever measurement of naturally occurring auroral turbulence recorded using a nanosatellite radar receiver. The research was done with support ...
Space Image: Sunspots and solar flares
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured this image of an M7.9 class flare on March 13, 2012 at 1:29 p.m. EDT. It is shown here in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, a wavelength particularly ...
Future NASA mission to sun 'a life's dream' for some
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.
Storms from the sun
(PhysOrg.com) -- Space weather starts at the sun. It begins with an eruption such as a huge burst of light and radiation called a solar flare or a gigantic cloud of solar material called a coronal mass ejection ...
Large solar flares generate geomagnetic storm
A pair of unusually large solar flares early yesterday generated a Coronal Mass Ejection that will reach Earth around mid-day today. It will likely cause at least a strong geomagnetic storm that could affect ...
Solar storm shakes Earth magnetic field
(AP) -- A solar storm shook the Earth's magnetic field early Friday, but scientists said they had no reports of any problems with electrical systems.
Solar storm not nearly as bad as could have been (Update 2)
Our high-tech world seems to have weathered a solar storm that was still showing signs of life late Thursday.
Biggest solar storm in years races toward Earth (Update 2)
The largest solar storm in five years was due to arrive on Earth early Thursday, promising to shake the globe's magnetic field while expanding the Northern Lights.
Sun releases a powerful X5 flare
Active Region 1429 unleashed an X5.4-class solar flare early this morning at 00:28 UT, as seen in this image by NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory (AIA 304). The eruption belched out a large coronal mass ...