CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

HolidayBuyer's Guide

Over Lake Superior

Solar filament

In Canada

In New Zealand

Heavens on Earth

Sun erupts

Solar activity close-up

Infrared shot

Multiple-wavelength view of X5.4 solar flare

Temporarily 'blinded'

This is the sky show as seen from the shores of Lake Superior. It is just part of what skywatchers expect will be an incredible series of auroras resulting from the impact of charged particles smashing through the Earth's protective shell during the current solar storm.
Caption by / Photo by Shawn Malone/LakeSuperiorPhoto
After four years of relative quiet, the sun has begun generating powerful blasts: two, actually, within the space of month: February 15 and March 9. Scientists note that flares are our solar system's largest explosive events.
Caption by / Photo by NASA/SDO
A view from Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Caption by / Photo by Eric Frigon, Thesuntoday.org, Spaceweather.com
The sky from Sandy Point, near Invercargill, New Zealand.
Caption by / Photo by Stephen Voss, Thesuntoday.org, Spaceweather.com,
The increased radiation, which collects along the Earth's poles, has the potential to wreak temporary havoc with communications. But it also makes for quite beautiful auroras. To learn more about solar storms, click here.
Caption by / Photo by NASA
This shot is taken from video of solar eruptions and the resulting geomagnetic storm.
Caption by / Photo by NASA/SDO
Image of the sun taken today.
Caption by / Photo by Goddard Space Center
This is an infrared view of the eruptions.
Caption by / Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
This solar flare was categorized as an X5.4, making it the second largest flare logged by astronomers since 2009.
Caption by / Photo by NASA/SDO/AIANASA
The Venus Express spacecraft orbiting Venus is much closer to the sun than is the Earth. Scientists at the European Space Agency report that the craft was affected by the radiation on March 7. Startracker cameras that help Venus Express measure its position and orientation got blinded, forcing mission controllers back on Earth to take them out of service temporarily. A representative said the craft is now maintaining its altitude using gyroscopes.
Caption by / Photo by ESA
Updated:
Up Next
A spider's erection, and other cool...
17