solar flares

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

by Elizabeth Howell March 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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Astronomy Cast 321: Solar Flares

by Fraser Cain November 11, 2013

Sometimes the Sun is quiet, and other times the Sun gets downright unruly. During the peak of its 11-year cycle, the surface of the Sun is littered with darker sunspots. And its from these sunspots that the Sun generates massive solar flares, which can spew radiation and material in our direction. What causes these flares, […]

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Solar Activity Ramps Up as Giant Sunspot Group Turns to Face Earth

by Nancy Atkinson November 8, 2013

The Sun is finally acting like it’s in solar maximum. Our Sun has emitted dozens of solar flares in since Oct. 23, 2013, with at least six big X-class flares. Just today it blasted out a X1.1 flare at 04:32 UT (11:32 p.m. EST on Nov. 7, 2013). While old Sol had been fairly quiet […]

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Planet Evaporates Due to Stellar Flare

by Shannon Hall September 17, 2013

Solar flares – huge eruptions of charged particles from the Sun – present little threat to Earth. On a few rare occasions these particles may disrupt our communications systems and cause radio blackouts. But they tend to be more aesthetically pleasing than harmful. It’s certainly a sight to be seen as these energetic particles collide […]

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Solar Storm Blasting to Mars Shuts Down Curiosity – 1st Rocky Sample Results on tap

by Ken Kremer March 8, 2013

Due to a fast approaching solar storm, NASA has temporarily shut down surface operations of the Curiosity Mars Science Lab (MSL) rover. NASA took the precautionary measure because ‘a big coronal mass ejection’ was predicted to hit Mars over the next few days starting March 7, or Martian Sol 207 of the mission, researchers said. […]

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