solar flares

A Recent Megaflare Shows that Proxima Centauri is not a Nice Place to Live

A new international research effort observed a massive solar flare from Proxima Centauri, which indicates (yet again) that its not…

2 months ago

Researchers Discover the Source of the Sun’s Most Dangerous High-Energy Particles

Sometimes the sun spits out high-energy particles which slam into the Earth, potentially disrupting our sensitive electronics. New research has…

3 months ago

Do Ripples on the Surface of the Sun tell us that a Flare is Coming?

Flares from the sun are some of the nastiest things in the solar system. When the sun flares, it belches…

8 months ago

New Solar Model Successfully Predicted Seven of the Sun’s Last Nine Big Flares

Since it launched in 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory has helped scientists understand how the Sun's magnetic field is generated…

11 months ago

The Sun is less active magnetically than other stars

While the Sun can be active, it is often quite a calm star. We now know it is unusually calm…

1 year ago

Without a Magnetosphere, Planets Orbiting Flare Stars Don’t Stand a Chance

Earthlings are fortunate. Our planet has a robust magnetic shield. Without out magnetosphere, the Sun's radiation would've probably ended life…

2 years ago

Astronomers See an Enormous Coronal Mass Ejection… On Another Star!

For the first time ever, astronomers have witnessed a coronal mass ejection (CME) on a star other than our very…

2 years ago

Proxima Centauri Just Released a Flare so Powerful it was Visible to the Unaided Eye. Planets There Would Get Scorched

According to a new study, Proxima Centauri experiences superflare activity that would likely render its exoplanet (Proxima b) uninhabitable

3 years ago

Watch the Sun to Know When We’re Going to Have Killer Auroras

Scientists are getting better at predicting colorful auroras here on Earth by closely watching the behavior of the Sun.

3 years ago

New Study Proposes a Giant, Space-Based Solar Flare Shield for Earth

A team of scientists from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have proposed a bold idea for protecting Earth against…

4 years ago