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ESA's Solar Orbiter spotted a snake slithering through the Sun's magnetic field recently. The sighting of the snake was a precursor to a much larger eruption. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Solar Orbiter is billed as "the most complex scientific laboratory ever to have been sent to the Sun." The spacecraft is... Read more...
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of an intense solar flare on October 2, 2022. The solar flare was accompanied by a subset of extreme ultraviolet light that highlighted the hot material. There is no mistaking the Sun as a hot spot in space. Sometimes, however, Earth's star emits bursts of energy... Read more...
A geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for August 17-19 due to multiple coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that have departed from the Sun since August 14, 2022. The resultant disturbed solar wind field and geomagnetic responses are considered to be enough for a potential G3 (Strong) geomagnetic storm on August 18th, and... Read more...
A gigantic sunspot that doubled in size in just 24 hours, is now facing Earth with the possibility of emitting a solar flare that could knock out communications on our humble rock. Sunspots are darkened patches on the Sun caused by its magnetic field, according to NASA. These spots are often precursors to solar... Read more...
An X-class solar flare erupted on the Sun that caused a fierce X1.5-class solar flare on May 10th. The radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere, instigating a shortwave radio blackout around the Atlantic Ocean and may have slung a complicated CME toward Earth. In the last month, the Earth has... Read more...