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

by Jason Major June 16, 2014

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

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Watch the Northern Lights Dance and Shimmer in “Silent Storms”

by Jason Major June 9, 2014

Aurorae were once believed to be warring clans of spirit soldiers, the skyward ghosts of virgin women, or the glow of fires burning inside celestial caves. Today we know they’re caused by ions in the atmosphere getting zapped by charged solar particles caught up in Earth’s magnetic field. But the knowledge of what creates aurorae doesn’t make their shimmering dance any […]

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This Was the Best Watched Solar Flare Ever

by Jason Major May 7, 2014

Are giant dragons flying out of the Sun? No, this is much more awesome than that: it’s an image of an X-class flare that erupted from active region 2017 on March 29, as seen by NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft. It was not only IRIS’s first view of such a powerful flare, but […]

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Imagine What Could Be Done With a “Penny4NASA”

by Jason Major April 25, 2014

If you’re reading this then you’re probably a big fan of space exploration. And while on one hand you could say that we are now living in a “golden age” of exploration, what with the ongoing missions there are around the Solar System and the new discoveries being made on an almost weekly basis about […]

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Echoes of Chelyabinsk: Another Fireball Explodes Over Russia

by Jason Major April 19, 2014

Why does Russia seem to get so many bright meteors? Well at 6.6 million square miles it’s by far the largest country in the world plus, with dashboard-mounted cameras being so commonplace (partly to help combat insurance fraud) statistically it just makes sense that Russians would end up seeing more meteors, and then be able to share […]

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