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Watch the Rise and Fall of a Towering Inferno on the Sun

by Jason Major June 16, 2014

Caught on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a prominence blazes hundreds of thousands of miles out from the Sun’s surface (i.e., photosphere) on May 27, 2014. The image above, seen in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths, shows a brief snapshot of the event with the column of solar plasma stretching nearly as far as the distance between Earth […]

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The Sun Fires Off a Third X-Class Flare

by Jason Major June 11, 2014

Remember yesterday when we mentioned two X-class flares erupting from the Sun within the space of about an hour? We probably should have waited a bit and gone for the trifecta: this morning the same active region flared yet again, making it three high-powered flares within a single 24-hour period. (And to think this active region […]

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Slip-Sliding Away: Solar Flare’s Magnetic Lines Go For A Loop In This Video

by Elizabeth Howell March 28, 2014

When will the next big solar flare occur? How much damage could it cause to power lines and satellites? These are important questions for those looking to protect our infrastructure, but there’s still a lot we need to figure out concerning space weather. The video above, however, shows magnetic lines weaving together from the surface […]

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Yesterday’s Mammoth Solar Flare Is The Biggest Of 2014 So Far

by Elizabeth Howell February 25, 2014

She’s a rainbow! You can see the first moments of a huge flare belching off the sun in the picture above. The so-called X-class flare erupted a few hours ago (at 7:25 p.m. EST Feb. 24, or 12:25 a.m. UTC Feb. 25) and was captured by several spacecraft. If you have a pictures of the […]

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A Secret Solar Eclipse from Outer Space

by Bob King January 30, 2014

Call it the eclipse nobody saw. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) got its own private solar eclipse showing from its geosynchronous orbital perch today.

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