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Solar storm almost fried Earth's electronics two years ago?

A fascinating NASA presentation suggests that in July 2012 Earth was one week away from being struck by a massive solar storm that would have had devastating effects. Can this be?

By July 26, 2014


Spotted: Solar flare more than seven times the size of Earth

IRIS is NASA's newest toy for studying the sun. It just observed its first solar eruption, and it was a doozy.

By May 30, 2014


Dazzling aurora borealis could reach the lower 48 this week

Thanks to a massive solar flare, sky-watchers may be able to indulge in an array of colorful northern lights forecasted to appear on Thursday and Friday.

By January 8, 2014


Sun's giant coronal mass ejection captured on film

Stunning media shows a terrifyingly large ejection of electronic-disrupting particles leaving the sun at impossible speeds. Where's it going? We've got the answer.

By July 22, 2013


Massive solar eruption to shoot past Earth

An enormous coronal mass ejection has sent particles into space that are due to pass the Earth in the next three days.

By July 17, 2013


The sun erupts in the biggest flares of 2013

The sun is getting seriously busy, erupting in its first X-class solar flares — the most powerful flares it can emit.

By May 13, 2013


Watch a solar flare captured by an entire satellite fleet

On 1 May, an enormous plasma flare erupted on the sun — and was captured by NASA's fleet of Heliophysics satellites.

By May 8, 2013


Rain of fire on the surface of the sun

Footage captured during a solar flare shows a loop of molten plasma raining down like some sort of fiery wrath.

By February 20, 2013


Solar flare in spectacular HD

NASA has released a video of August's solar flare in 1080p high definition.

By October 1, 2012


Solar flare could swallow the Earth

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured a gorgeous image of a massive eruption that could engulf the Earth several times over.

By September 5, 2012