Solar Astronomy

The Sun Gets Feisty, Throwing Off Three X-Class Flares Within 24 Hours

The Sun is heading toward solar maximum (which is likely to be about a year away) and as it does,…

2 months ago

Solar Physics: Why study it? What can it teach us about finding life beyond Earth?

Universe Today has investigated the importance of studying impact craters, planetary surfaces, exoplanets, and astrobiology, and what these disciplines can…

2 months ago

We Just had the Strongest Solar Flare in the Current Solar Cycle

On December 14th, at 12:02 PM Eastern (09:02 AM Pacific), the Sun unleashed a massive solar flare. According to the…

4 months ago

The Solar Radius Might Be Slightly Smaller Than We Thought

Two astronomers use a pioneering method to suggest that the size of our Sun and the solar radius may be…

5 months ago

Parker Makes its Closest and Fastest Solar Flyby

The Parker Solar Probe is the little engine that just keeps going and going by the Sun. On September 27th,…

6 months ago

Is the Solar Wind Coming From These Tiny Jets on the Sun?

Ever since the first direct observations of the solar wind in 1959, astronomers have worked to figure out what powers…

8 months ago

A Massive Solar Storm was Detected on Earth, Mars, and the Moon

The coronal mass ejection on October 28th, 2021, was measured by missions on Earth, the Moon, and Mars for the…

9 months ago

Parker Solar Probe Flies Close Enough to the Sun to See the Source of the Fast Solar Wind

Where does the solar wind come from? That's a question solar physicists have wanted an answer to for decades. Now,…

10 months ago

New Detailed Images of the Sun from the World’s Most Powerful Ground-Based Solar Telescope

Our Sun continues to demonstrate its awesome power in a breathtaking collection of recent images taken by the U.S. National…

10 months ago

China’s New Solar Observatory is Almost Ready for its Trials

There's a new solar observing facility taking shape in China. It lies far up on a mountain near Mangya City…

12 months ago