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The Sun’s Magnetic Field Is About to Reverse
Smithsonian Magazine - September 4, 2013

"Sometime in the next two or three months, something special will happen: the magnetic field that emanates from the Sun and extends throughout the entire solar system will reverse in polarity." Read more...




Sun Fires Solar Storm Directly at Earth
The Weather Channel - August 21, 2013

"The sun unleashed a powerful storm early Tuesday morning, sending an enormous cloud of superheated particles rocketing toward Earth." Read more...

Solar flare could cause interference and power surges
UPI - August 21, 2013

"A powerful Solar storm that took place Tuesday morning could disrupt radio communications and trigger geomagnetic storms in the coming days." Read more...

Solar Flare Speeding Toward Earth, Could Disrupt Satellite Systems
Newsmax - August 21, 2013

"A massive solar flare is speeding toward Earth at 570 miles per second, and NASA said it could affect satellites and electronic systems on the ground, though it won't affect humans." Read more...




Zooming in Toward the Sun’s Surface as a Solar Flare Erupts
Discover Magazine - August 13, 2013

"Click on the screenshot of the video above to watch intense radiation explode in a solar flare recorded yesterday by a NASA spacecraft." Read more...




A near miss for Earth: Solar flare that could have knocked out power, cars and phones came so close two weeks ago
Daily Mail - August 1, 2013

"An electromagnetic pulse that could have knocked electrical equipment over continent-scale regions barely missed Earth two weeks ago, it has been revealed." Read more...




Why Has the Sun Developed a Huge Hole?
Discover Magazine - July 30, 2013

"In case you haven’t heard about it, a huge portion of the sun’s corona has indeed gone missing." Read more...




Coronal Hole Seen Over Sun's North Pole By SOHO Spacecraft
Huffington Post - July 28, 2013

"A space telescope aimed at the sun has spotted a gigantic hole in the solar atmosphere — a dark spot that covers nearly a quarter of our closest star, spewing solar material and gas into space." Read more...




Large Coronal Hole Found Near Sun's North Pole
The Weather Channel - July 22, 2013

"The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, captured this image of a gigantic coronal hole hovering over the sun’s north pole on July 18, 2013, at 9:06 a.m. EDT." Read more...




Tassie Aurora Sets Off Shutter Frenzy
Yahoo News Australia - June 2, 2013

"The Aurora Australis, a lesser-known cousin of the Aurora Borealis, is more often visible only from Antarctica. But 2013 is a bumper year for nature’s light show, with a peak in sunspot activity that has sent colours spinning across the skies as far north as Tasmania, more frequently than seen for years." Read more...




Northern Lights dazzle Pacific Northwest skies
KOMO - June 1, 2013

"A solar storm brought out a display of the Northern Lights to around the Pacific Northwest Friday night." Read more...

Stunning Pink Aurora Over Crater Lake
Slate.com - June 1, 2013

"Brad Goldpaint, whose beautiful photos have been featured here on the blog many times in the past...happened to be at Crater Lake last night photographing the Milky Way, when the sky erupted." Read more...




NASA Invites Media to Space Weather Enterprise Forum
NASA - May 31, 2013

"Media representatives are invited to attend the forum, which will focus on the impact of space weather events on communications, navigation, and national security. The theme of this year's forum is 'Space Weather Impacts: They Happen All the Time.'" Read more...

FERC sets sights on solar flare defense
Lexology.com - May 31, 2013

"Although it may sound more like a threat in a summer science fiction blockbuster, this month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) issued a final rule requiring the development of new standards to protect the power grid from the impacts of geomagnetic disturbances (“GMDs”) caused by solar activity such as solar flares." Read more...




Sun Releases Slow CME
NASA - May 26, 2013

"On May 26, 2013 at 3:24 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites." Read more...




M-Class Solar Flare And Two Coronal Mass Ejections Detected Mid-Week
redOrbit - May 23, 2013

"As the peak year of the solar maximum picks up in intensity, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) observed yet another solar flare and two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) mid-week." Read more...




NASA's SDO Observes Mid-level Solar Flare
NASA - May 22, 2013

"The M7-class flare was also associated with a coronal mass ejection or CME, another solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space. While this CME was not Earth-directed, it has combined with an earlier CME, and the flank of the combined cloud may pass Earth." Read more...

M5-class solar flare on May 22
EarthSky - May 22, 2013

"The flare produced a beautiful coronal mass ejection, or CME, which was not Earth-directed but could deliver a glancing blow in the next few days." Read more...




Storming sun sets the skies aglow
NBC News - May 18, 2013

"A slight solar storm ejected from a powerful sunspot sparked northern lights as far south as Colorado on Friday night — and there should be more to come." Read more...




NASA’s STEREO Detects a CME From the Sun
NASA - May 17, 2013

"On 5:24 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2013, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later and affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground." Read more...




Auroras Visible in Continental U.S.
NASA - May 15, 2013

"Over the weekend, a pair of CMEs reached Earth. The impacts rattled Earth's magnetic field and sparked Northern Lights visible in the continental United States as far south as Colorado." Read more...




First X-Class Solar Flares of 2013
NASA - May 13, 2013

"The X2.8-class flare was also associated with a coronal mass ejection, or CME, another solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space, which can potentially affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground." Read more...

May 12, 2013 X1.7 class solar flare.
Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA

Solar flare double whammy: 2 biggest flares of year within 24 hours
Los Angeles Times - May 13, 2013

"The sun erupted for the second time in less than 24 hours Monday morning, releasing the most powerful solar flare so far of 2013." Read more...

Biggest Solar Flares of the Year Erupt from Active Sun (Video)
Space.com - May 13, 2013

"A hyperactive sunspot on the surface of the sun has fired off two of the most powerful solar flares of the year in just 24 hours, and promises to unleash more solar storms over the next several days, space weather experts say." Read more...

Solar Flare, Strongest Of 2013, Blamed For Hour-Long Radio Blackout
Huffington Post - May 13, 2013

"Sunday's solar flare registered as an X1.7-class sun eruption — the strongest type of solar flare the sun can fire off, according to the SWPC officials." Read more...

Sun Spews Strongest Solar Flare Of 2013
iTech Post - May 13, 2013

"A giant solar flare erupted from the sun on Sunday May 12, the most powerful solar flare to take place so far this year." Read more...




Annular Eclipse on May 10
NASA - May 10, 2013

"On May 10, 2013, the sun experienced what’s called an annular eclipse -- when the moon moves directly in front of the sun, but doesn’t obscure it completely." Read more...




The Sun Sends Two CMEs Toward Mercury
NASA - April 25, 2013

"Experimental NASA research models show that the first CME began at 9:30 p.m. EDT on April 24. The second CME began at 5:24 a.m. EDT on April 25. Both left the sun traveling at about 500 miles per second and they are headed in the direction of planet Mercury." Read more...




Three CMEs in 2 Days
NASA - April 21, 2013

"Another coronal mass ejection (CME) has erupted from the sun, headed toward Mercury and NASA’s Messenger spacecraft. The CME began at 12:39 p.m. EDT on April 21, 2013." Read more...




Spring Fling: Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare
NASA - April 16, 2013

"A coronal mass ejection (CME), associated with the April 11 solar flare, hit Earth's magnetic field on April 13, 2013 but the impact was weak so only high latitude aurora were visible." Read more...




Sun Unleashes Biggest Solar Flare of the Year Yet
Space.com - April 11, 2013

"The most powerful solar flare of the year erupted from the sun today (April 11) sparking a temporary radio blackout on Earth, NASA officials say." Read more...

The Sun Just Shot Off the Biggest, Most Spectacular Solar Flare of the Year
Gizmodo.com - April 11, 2013

"Early this morning, while most of us were resting peacefully in our beds, everyone's favorite flaming ball of plasma decided to give NASA's cameras a little show." Read more...

Solar Max: Amazing Sun Storm Photos of 2013
Space.com - April 11, 2013

"NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a powerful M6.5 class flare, the strongest of 2013 at the time, at 3:16 EDT on April 11, 2013." Read more...




Sympathetic Eruptions
SOHO Pick of the Week Photo - April 5, 2013

"A prominence rose up and emerged over the Sun's edge at the upper right of the Sun, followed almost immediately by a similar eruption in the southern hemisphere (Mar. 31 - Apr. 1, 2013)." Read more...




Europe readies for solar storm risks
Phys.org - April 3, 2013

"Europe launched its first space weather coordination centre Wednesday to raise the alarm for possible satellite-sizzling solar storms that also threaten astronauts in orbit, plane passengers and electricity grids on Earth." Read more...




Red Arcs In Sky Over Europe, Evidence Of Geomagnetic Storms, Detected By ASIAGO Telescope
Huffington Post - April 2, 2013

"Glowing red arcs invisible to the naked eye have now been detected high above most of Europe using advanced cameras pointed at the sky. When streams of high-energy, charged particles come rushing from the sun to batter Earth, they cause what are called geomagnetic storms." Read more...

Faint 'Red Arcs' Spotted Over Europe
Yahoo News - April 2, 2013

"An international team of scientists watched the sky with the observatory during a geomagnetic storm that struck Earth in 2011. After comparing their observations with satellite- and ground-based observations, the researchers found that red arcs could reach all the way down to Europe..." Read more...




Solar Eruption and Ejection 3-30-13
TamithaSkov, NASA Physicist (YouTube) - March 30, 2013

"This solar eruption hardly registered as a B-Class flare, but it released a large coronal mass ejection that is partially Earth-directed." Read more...




Possible Infrastructure Disruption, Claims Resulting From Geomagnetic Storms
Claims Journal - March 26, 2013

"Solar and geomagnetic activity is expected to peak this year, increasing the possibility of disruption to government and private infrastructure." Read more...




Solar Flares: Scientists Change 2013 Predictions … Again
The Inquisitr - March 25, 2013

"Solar flare predictions for 2013 are once again fluctuating. Space weather experts at NOAA and NASA agree that we are nearing the peak of the Sun’s 11-year cycle, but that is about the only fact that has garnered a consensus lately." Read more...




Sun's Activity To Peak With 'Solar Maximum' In 2013, Scientists Say
Huffington Post - March 24, 2013

"The sun should roar back to life sometime in 2013, producing its second activity peak in the last two years, scientists say." Read more...




Solar Flare And Comet PANSTARRS Caught on Film Together By NASA’s STEREO Spacecraft (VIDEO)
PlanetSave.com - March 23, 2013

"A sun-grazing comet and a solar eruption have been caught on film together by NASA’s twin STEREO spacecraft." Read more...




Scientists Admit They Can’t Predict When Mega Solar Flare Will Hit
The Inquisitr - March 22, 2013

"Scientists think it may be impossible to predict when the next massive solar flare will erupt. Whether or not Earth would be in the direct path of such a flare also largely remains a mystery." Read more...




Auroras seen as far south as Colorado last night
EarthSky.org - March 17, 2013

"As expected, the March 15 coronal mass ejection or CME from the sun caused auroras, or northern lights, at high and mid latitudes." Read more...

Solar Storm Near Earth Caused by Fast CME
NASA - March 17, 2013

"On March 17, 2013, at 1:28 a.m. EDT, the coronal mass ejection (CME) from March 15 passed by NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) as it approached Earth. Upon interacting with the giant magnetic bubble surrounding Earth, the magnetosphere, the CME caused a kind of solar storm known as a geomagnetic storm." Read more...

Sun Eruption Supercharges Northern Lights Displays This Weekend
Space.com - March 17, 2013

"A massive eruption on the sun Friday (March 15) unleashed a wave of intense solar particles at Earth that may spark a geomagnetic storm and boost weekend aurora displays." Read more...

Alaska, parts of US in for big northern lights show
Alaska Dispatch - March 17, 2013

"According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in Colorado, the northern lights could reach all the way to the northern U.S. on Saturday night, including Iowa and New York." Read more...




Solar eruption could bring northern lights to New England this weekend
Boston.com - March 16, 2013

"Solar scientists say New England residents have a better than 50 percent chance of glimpsing the northern lights, or aurorae, starting tonight, as particles ejected from the sun earlier this week hurtle towards Earth at more than 2 million miles per hour." Read more...

CME is Headed Towards Earth – It Will Be Here By Monday At The Latest
The Guardian Express, U.K. - March 16, 2013

"They are warning us that an Earth-directed CME can cause a Space Weather phenomenon called a Geomagnetic Storm, which occurs when they connect with the outside of the Earth’s magnetic envelope, the Magnetosphere, for an extended period of time." Read more...

Oregon Skies May See Green Northern Lights Sunday
BeachConnection.net - March 16, 2013

"Sunday night could see the skies above Oregon turn a holiday-appropriate color of green - or perhaps red. That is, if you can see the skies for very long." Read more...

March 15, 2013 CME
Credit: NASA/SOHO/ESA



Astronomy Picture of the Day: CME, Comet and Planet Earth
NASA - March 15, 2013

" Following in Earth's orbit, the spacecraft is nearly opposite the Sun and looks back toward the comet and Earth, with the Sun just off the left side of the frame. At the left an enormous coronal mass ejection (CME) is erupting from a solar active region." Read more...

Earth-Directed Coronal Mass Ejection From the Sun
NASA - March 15, 2013

"On March 15, 2013, at 2:54 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME), a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space and can reach Earth one to three days later and affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground." Read more...

Solar Flare to Produce Spectacular Northern Lights
Accuweather.com - March 15, 2013

"An Earth-Directed coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred during the early morning hours Friday. The resulting solar flare was pointed directly at the United States for a duration of nearly two hours, according to Hunter Outten." Read more...

The K7RA Solar Update
ARRL - March 15, 2013

"The M1 class solar flare and its accompanying CME were Earth-directed. Both came from sunspot group 1692, right in the center of the visible solar disc viewed from Earth." Read more...




The Sun Fires Up
The Age, Australia - March 10, 2013

"Barring a very freak event this year, solar flares will not be a great issue for the safety of satellites this time around, agrees Curtin University astrophysicist Rob Soria." Read more...




Curiosity Sleeps Through Solar Flare
PBS NewsHour - March 8, 2013

"Earlier this week, when a large cloud of hot plasma erupted from the sun, and began charging across space toward Mars at speeds of 1,200 miles a second, the Curiosity team powered down the rover." Read more...

Nasa: 'Something Unexpected Is Happening On The Sun' (PICTURES)
Huffington Post Tech U.K. - March 8, 2013

"Something unexpected is happening on the Sun, Nasa says: Nothing." Read more...




A quiet interlude in solar max
NASA - March 6, 2013

"Something unexpected is happening on the Sun. 2013 was supposed to be the year of 'solar maximum,' the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. Yet 2013 has arrived and solar activity is relatively low." Read more...

NASA Puts Mars Rover Curiosity on Standby After Solar Flare
Space.com - March 6, 2013

"Curiosity's handlers put the rover on standby after the sun unleashed a medium-strength flare in the Red Planet's direction Tuesday (March 5)." Read more...

Curiosity sleeps as solar eruption barrels toward Mars; other missions operating normally
The Washington Post - March 6, 2013

"Curiosity hunkered down Wednesday after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars." Read more...

NASA prepares Curiosity rover for huge solar flare
SlashGear - March 6, 2013

"Because the CME is heading towards Mars – specifically an area of Mars where the Curiosity is – the agency pushed out the decision to put Curiosity into sleep mode to help protect against possible damage from radiation." Read more...

Curiosity sleeps as solar blast races toward Mars
AP - March 6, 2013

"Curiosity hunkered down Wednesday after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars. While the hardy rover was designed to withstand punishing space weather, its handlers decided to power it down as a precaution since it suffered a recent computer problem." Read more...




See the Sun Up Close in Live Webcast
Space.com - March 5, 2013

"The sun's solar weather cycle is it at its peak this year, and today (March 5) you can get an up-close look at Earth's nearest star through an Arizona telescope in a live webcast." Read more...




Solar cycle update: Twin peaks?
Phys.org - March 4, 2013

"The quiet has led some observers to wonder if forecasters missed the mark. Solar physicist Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center has a different explanation: 'This is solar maximum,' he suggests. 'But it looks different from what we expected because it is double peaked.'" Read more...

Did the sun destroy a third band of the Van Allen Belt?
Science Recorder - March 4, 2013

"According to NASA scientists, a recently discovered third band of radiation is no longer present and the prime culprit is the sun." Read more...




NASA probes find new radiation belt circling Earth
Los Angeles Times - March 1, 2013

"The layer of high-energy particles was dispersed by a solar flare after its discovery, but it still upends scientific theory about space weather." Read more...




Sunspot 6 times the earth observed
ABC 2 News - February 28, 2013

"NASA announced last week a colossal sunspot that is six times the size of earth has formed on the sun in less than 48 hours." Read more...

Magnetic fields realign, giving birth to sunspots, solar flares
CNET - February 28, 2013

"On February 19 and 20, magnetic fields on the sun rearranged and realigned, and the two dark sunspots on the bottom, which are gigantic -- more than six Earth diameters across -- appeared suddenly, in less than 48 hours." Read more...




M4.7 Class Solar Flare
M4.7 Class Solar Flare ~ May 9, 2012 ~ NASA/SDO

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Raw video - 'rain of fire' on Sun's surface
USA Today - February 23, 2013

"NASA releases close-up of images of last summer's solar flare eruption and dazzling magnetic display known as coronal rain." Read more...




NASA's SDO Observes Fast-Growing Sunspot
NASA - February 20, 2013

"Over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013, scientists watched a giant sunspot form in under 48 hours. It has grown to over six Earth diameters across but its full extent is hard to judge since the spot lies on a sphere not a flat disk." Read more...

Sunspot region forming Feb. 19-20
Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA/HMI/Goddard Space Flight Center



Lit up Ireland from space
A Kilcullen Diary - February 17, 2013

"One of his pictures from yesterday is that above, showing a very clear night-time Ireland and the UK, with the Aurora Borealis above the horizon." Read more...




Space News: The UN braces for stormy space weather
Lake County News - February 16, 2013

"'This is a significant development,' said Lika Guhathakurta of NASA Headquarters in Washington. 'By adding space weather to the regular agenda of the COPUOS Science and Technical Subcommittee, the UN is recognizing solar activity as a concern on par with orbital debris and close-approaching asteroids.'" Read more...

February 2013 Aurora Borealis
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - February 16, 2013

"The aurora borealis forms spikes and waves as it lights up the skies behind a shed." Read more...




Earth-directed CME released by long duration solar flare
Phys.org - February 11, 2013

"On Feb. 9, 2013 at 2:30 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, associated with a long duration C2.4-class flare." Read more...

Solar Flare 2013: Intense Sun Eruption Aimed At Earth, Scientists Say
Huffington Post - February 11, 2013

"A long-lasting solar flare erupted from the sun early Saturday (Feb. 9), triggering an intense sun eruption aimed squarely at Earth." Read more...

Long-Lasting Solar Flare on Earth
French Tribune - February 11, 2013

"A solar flare for a longer duration than usual made scientists and astronauts worry for some time. However, scientists have denied the rumors about threat to earth." Read more...

Solar Storm 2013; Will Saturday's Solar Flare Cause Damage When it Hits Earth?
Enstars - February 11, 2013

"Professor Jose Lopez, a physicist at Seton Hall University, told Fox News that the solar flare may actually cause damage when it hits Earth." Read more...

Sun unleashes solar eruption at Earth during long storm
Mother Nature Network - February 11, 2013

"Astronauts aboard the International Space Station described the sun eruption as a 'huge blob.'" Read more...

Earth-Directed CME Released by Long Duration Solar Flare
SpaceRef - February 11, 2013

"Not to be confused with a solar flare, a CME is a solar phenomenon that can send solar particles into space and reach Earth one to three days later." Read more...




Sun Unleashes Solar Eruption at Earth During Long Flare
Space.com - February 10, 2013

"The solar eruption —called a coronal mass ejection —occurred at 2:30 a.m. EST (0730 GMT) on Saturday during a minor, but long-duration, flare." Read more...

Solar Eruption Flings Particles Directly at Mother Earth
Indian Country - February 10, 2013

" In the dead of night early on February 9 the sun erupted in what NASA said was a long-duration solar flare, which triggered a coronal mass ejection (CME), the kind of event that sends plasma hurtling toward Mother Earth." Read more...




Earth-Directed CME Released by Long Duration Solar Flare
NASA - February 9, 2013

"On Feb. 9, 2013 at 2:30 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, associated with a long duration C2.4-class flare." Read more...

Sun Unleashes Solar Eruption at Earth During Long Flare
Yahoo News - February 9, 2013

"A long-lasting solar flare erupted from the sun early Saturday (Feb. 9), triggering an intense sun eruption aimed squarely at Earth. The solar storm, however, should not endanger satellites or astronauts in space, but could amplify auroras on Earth, NASA says." Read more...




Solar superstorms: is the UK at risk?
MSN News - February 7, 2013

"A new report has said that the effects of a solar superstorm on the UK would be 'challenging but not cataclysmic'. An expert panel for the Royal Academy of Engineering warned the country would experience power cuts and limited disruption, but that the overall infrastructure would not break down." Read more...




Solar storms could spark hefty insurance payouts in 2013, claims report
Post Online UK - February 6, 2013

"An Aon Benfield report claims that extreme solar weather over the next twelve months could lead to significant disruption to business communication systems, resulting in large insurance claims." Read more...

Solar Weather Warning Issued for 2013
Lloyd's - February 6, 2013

"Extreme solar weather predicted for the next twelve months could lead to significant disruption to business communication systems and large insurance claims, according to a new report from the Lloyd’s broker Aon Benfield." Read more...




Solar flare monitoring antennas to be rebuilt
Daily Yomuiri Online - February 5, 2013

"With the aim of enhancing the accuracy of 'space weather reports,' a governmental research organization will rebuild a pair of parabolic antennas for the first time in 20 years, it has been learned." Read more...

Physicist to discuss 2013 'tsunami solar storm' Reno Gazette-Journal - February 5, 2013
"During a television appearance in 2012, Kaku said he expects 'a monster tsunami from the sun' that could knock out space satellites and communication systems, paralyzing the economy worldwide." Read more...




Coronal Mass Ejection VIDEO Depicts Solar Explosion Headed Toward Earth
Huffington Post - February 4, 2013

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

Listen to a Solar Flare Drown Out Radio Communications on Earth
Wired - February 4, 2013

"Over the weekend, a tiny spot on the sun erupted into a moderately sized solar flare that was particularly loud in radio waves. With the sound of a roaring wave, it completely drowned out radio communication all over the Earth between 28 MHz and 21.1 MHz." Read more...




Coronal mass ejection sends Sun's particles to Earth (Video)
Telegraph - February 1, 2013

"Nasa captures the moment a coronal mass ejection erupts from the Sun, sending solar particles in the direction of Earth." Read more...




Solar Blob Attacks the Earth!
Time - January 22, 2013

"On January 13, the National Weather Service’s Space Weather Prediction Center issued a scary-sounding news flash. 'ALERT,' it said. 'Type IV Radio Emission.' If that was too arcane-sounding to get you spooked, there was this detail that followed: type IV emissions usually result from a major eruption on the Sun." Read more...




La. Tech physicist says recent solar activity could affect Earth
Alexandria Town Talk - January 20, 2013

"An enormous and explosive mass of electrically charged solar plasma -- known as a coronal mass ejection or CME -- exploded from the sun's atmosphere a few days ago and is moving closer and closer to Earth." Read more...




Large sunspot region now facing Earth, might produce X-flare today
EarthSky.org - January 17, 2013

"An active region on the sun – AR1654 – is now more or less facing Earth and has a 5% chance of producing X-flares today (January 17, 2013), according to Spaceweather.com." Read more...




Chance of Flares: Earth Directed Sun Spot "Harbors Energy for X-Class Eruptions"
Market Daily News - January 16, 2013

"Space watchers have warned that the sun may soon be waking up – as early as today – and it has the potential to direct high powered X-Class solar flares directly at earth." Read more...




The perfect solar storm? Sun eruptions to peak in 2013
Fox News - January 14, 2013

"A massive solar storm, like the one that knocked out radio communications all over the U.S. in 1958, is coming, and this time the devastation could total as much as $2 trillion, experts told FoxNews.com. Call it the perfect solar storm." Read more...

AR1654: A monster sunspot aiming our way
Phys.org - January 14, 2013

"Like an enormous cannon that is slowly turning its barrel toward us, the latest giant sunspot region AR1654 is steadily moving into position to face Earth, loaded with plenty of magnetic energy to create M-class flares..." Read more...




Sunspot AR1654 Getting Bigger, Unleashes Solar Flare In M1-Class Blast, NASA Officials Say
Huffington Post/Space.com - January 12, 2013

"A huge sunspot known as AR1654 produced the M1-class flare at 4:11 a.m. EST (0911 GMT), officials with NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory said in a description of the event." Read more...




Comet ISON, the Sungrazer, is Coming: Will it Cause a Solar Flare and Electronics Meltdown?
UFO Digest - January 4, 2013

"David Eichler, lead author of a forthcoming Astrophysical Journal Letters paper, is theorizing that a sun-grazing comet roughly the size of Hale-Bopp (with a nucleus some 30 kms in diameter), could trigger cosmic ray-generating shockwaves large enough to initiate a complete global electromagnetic meltdown. Eichler is an astrophysicist at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University." Read more...




Sun Celebrates 'Solar Max' New Year with Flare
DiscoveryNews - January 2, 2013

"During four hours on New Year's Eve (Dec 31), NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) watched a flare erupt at the limb of our nearest star that sent a tower of superheated plasma high into the corona (the sun's atmosphere)." Read more...




Flare Features Archive

NRL Scientists "See" Flux Rope Formation for the First Time
NRL News - April 2, 2013

"Naval Research Laboratory scientists have observed, for the very first time, the formation of solar flux ropes, which are a type of solar magnetic field. Models of flux ropes have been drawn by theorists in the past, but scientists had never before observed them at the time they formed." Read more...

Photographer Captures Meteor Streaking Through the Aurora Borealis
PetaPixel.com - April 1, 2013

"Suddenly, during one of the 8-second exposures, there was an intense streak of light in the sky and bright green flashes. It was a meteor that had broken up in the atmosphere, and Bileski captured the whole event as the photo above." Read more...

Fires in the Sky
Slate/Bad Astronomy - April 1, 2013

"Getting good shots of an aurora is hard enough, taking some degree of luck. But what she got was just freaking amazing..." Read more...

PHOTO: Ever Seen The Aurora Borealis Over Colorado?
KUNC - March 28, 2013

"What you're seeing is the Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the 'Northern Lights' over Colorado. This photo was taken by a crew member aboard the International Space Station." Read more...

Protecting the Power Grid From Solar Storms
IEEE Spectrum - March 28, 2013

"Lately the question being debated in space weather circles is: Are we prepared for a repeat, or a storm 10 times worse—like the 1859 solar superstorm?" Read more...

Time-Lapse Captures Breathtaking Aurora Borealis Caused by a Massive Solar Flare
PetaPixel.com - March 25, 2013

"The final product took five days to process, and boils down four hours worth of breathtaking aurora into about one minute and forty seconds of awe and wonder." Read more...

Canada releases new stunning photos of aurora borealis
Digital Journal - March 20, 2013

"The Canada Space Agency released new images of the northern lights hovering over Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories." Read more...

Sun Storm Forecast: Tiny Chance of Havoc
The New York Times - March 18, 2013

"In 1859 the Sun erupted, and on Earth wires shot off sparks that shocked telegraph operators and set their paper on fire. It was the biggest geomagnetic storm in recorded history." Read more...

Tree Rings Reveal Ancient Solar Eruption, Study Suggests
Huffington Post - March 15, 2013

"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 spike in radioactive carbon found in ancient tree rings. What they didn't know was the source of the burst." Read more...

Mars Mission May Use 'Poop Shield' to Block Cosmic Rays
PC Magazine - March 4, 2013

"The astronauts selected for an ambitious voyage to Mars could wind up looking out for No. 1 through the clever, if stomach-churning, use of No. 2." Read more...

Week in Geek: Freaky nature edition
MSNBC - March 3, 2013

"Eruptions come in all shapes and sizes but this particular one put on quite a show. It starts with a moderate solar flare, continues with a coronal mass ejection (also a great playground insult), and ends with a phenomenon known as coronal rain (also a great band name)." Read more...

New Radiation Belt Around Earth Discovered By NASA's Van Allen Space Probes
Huffington Post - March 1, 2013

"This newfound radiation belt then abruptly and almost completely disappeared on Oct. 1. It was apparently disrupted by an interplanetary shock wave caused by a spike in solar wind speeds." Read more...

Flare, Ejection And Rain All Caught In Spectacular Solar Show
redOrbit - February 20, 2013

"On July 19, 2012, the sun erupted in a solar flare, ejecting material called a coronal mass ejection (CME), creating a loop in the sun’s atmosphere known as the corona. This moderately powerful solar flare exploded on the sun’s lower right limb, eventually leading to the CME, which took off right out into space. Afterwards, a phenomenon known as coronal rain appeared on the sun." Read more...

Sunday Traveler: Aurora Borealis performs a symphony of light
Aspen Business Journal - February 17, 2013

"If seeing the aurora borealis is on your bucket list, 2013 opens the 2-3 year window of opportunity for realizing that dream." Read more...

Aurora borealis lights up our small city
Fairbanks Daily News-Minor - February 17, 2013

"It could only be people photographing the aurora. And there were plenty of them outside earlier this week as our northern lights came out to play in spectacular fashion." Read more...

Northern Lights In Alberta: Aurora Borealis Bring Glory To Wood Buffalo National Park (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - February 17, 2013

"When the sky is this big, the nights so dark and the air so electrifying, this national park offers some of the best northern lights viewing opportunities anywhere in the confederacy." Read more...

Flux Ropes on the Sun
SpaceRef - February 16, 2013

"A series of loops such as this is known as a flux rope, and these lie at the heart of eruptions on the sun known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs.) This is the first time scientists were able to discern the timing of a flux rope's formation." Read more...

Sun's Surface Capture Just Before Massive CME Explosion
Science World Report - February 15, 2013

"A new refined image of magnetic loops on the sun's surface, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was released by the Space Agency. It has been processed to highlight the edges of each loop to make the structure more clear." Read more...

How would a solar superstorm impact the UK's infrastructure?
The Engineer - February 14, 2013

"Despite some scary headlines, Britain is actually relatively well placed to deal with extreme space weather - but still needs to remain vigilant." Read more...

Royal Academy of Engineering says UK better prepared for solar superstorm
Gizmag - February 12, 2013

"Britain is better prepared for a solar superstorm than many countries, including the United States." Read more...

Solar superstorm overdue
SunLive NZ - February 11, 2013

"Scientists are saying the earth is overdue for a solar superstorm that could knock out electronics, power grids and communication satellites." Read more...

Solar Superstorm Could Jeopardize Aircraft, Satellites & Human Health, Report Says
Huffington Post - February 8, 2013

"A massive solar superstorm could cause a spike in radiation levels on Earth, potentially disrupting terrestrial and space-based communications and slightly raising the risk for cancer among airline passengers and crew." Read more...

A solar 'superstorm' is coming and we'll only get 30-minute warning
The Independent - February 7, 2013

"Solar superstorms are estimated to occur once every 100 or 200 years, with the last one hitting the Earth in 1859." Read more...

Video Of The Day: Aurora Borealis Iceland
Gadling.com - February 6, 2013

"Packed with dramatic shots of a colorful sky meeting a serene landscape, this video will refresh your day in just three and a half minutes." Read more...

Here's What a Solar Flare *Sounds* Like When It Reaches Earth
The Atlantic - February 4, 2013

"Amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft doesn't like to just look at space: He also listens to it. Last weekend, he picked up the radio emissions resulting from a relatively small (C 2.9) solar flare..." Read more...

Viewing aurora borealis in Aroostook County, Maine
The Boston Globe - February 4, 2013

"'People were surprised to know that the northern lights can be viewed in Maine. They thought they could only be seen in Alaska, Iceland, or Scandinavia,' Gove says." Read more...

Why Surface Of Sun Isn’t As Hot As You’d Think
redOrbit - February 4, 2013

"One who didn’t know better would think that the closer you get to the sun, the warmer you are. However, it is actually the outer edge of the sun that you would find to be scorching, compared to the surface, and one study sought to find out why." Read more...

NASA to launch world's largest solar sail in 2014
Mother Nature Network/Space.com - February 1, 2013

"The Sunjammer project is potentially applicable to a space weather warning system, which could provide more timely and accurate notice of solar flare activity." Read more...

New Rocket Project Aims To Study Auroral Wind Of Northern Lights
redOrbit - February 1, 2013

"The team is positioned in Poker Flat, Alaska and is awaiting the perfect conditions to launch a sounding rocket up through the night sky into the Aurora borealis, hopefully as early as Feb. 2." Read more...

Alien aurora to be target of new research
Alaska Dispatch - January 24, 2013

"But Earth isn't the only planet to experience the lights: NASA has documented the phenomenon on Jupiter, too, where the aurora may be up to 100 times brighter than on Earth." Read more...

A Super Solar Flare
NASA - May 6, 2008

"Suddenly, before his eyes, two brilliant beads of blinding white light appeared over the sunspots, intensified rapidly, and became kidney-shaped."

Whether solar flares can trigger earthquakes?
American Geophysical Union Abstract - Spring 2007

"Our investigation preliminarily shows that each earthquake under study was preceded by a solar flare of GOES importance B to X class by 10-100 hrs. However, each flare was not found followed by earthquake of magnitude 4.0."