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As the Sun reaches the peak of activity in its 11-year solar cycle, the possibility for impressive aurora in the night sky will increase. With the boost in solar activity, the chance of another spectacular aurora light show like the one last month that reached as far south as Florida is possible in the coming weeks... Read more...
Stargazers who don’t normally get the chance to take in the beauty of an aurora may once again get an opportunity this month. The sunspot region responsible for last month’s tantalizing aurora is once again showing off, and experts say the next several years could see even bigger events. Last month people as far... Read more...
The Sun has been emitting some strong solar flares as of late, with one of the latest being the biggest in half a decade. The flare was classified as an X8.7, with X-class denoting the most intense flares, and the number providing more information about its strength. According to the Space Weather Prediction... Read more...
NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) is currently monitoring the sun after a series of solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) erupted on May 8, 2024. Space weather forecasters have issued a Severe (G4) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the evening of Friday, May 10. According to NASA, the Sun emitted two... Read more...
The “devil comet” will be showing off its horns this weekend to those in the Northern Hemisphere. Anyone wanting to catch a peak at this rare celestial event will want to do so this go round, as it will not be close enough for viewing with a pair of binoculars again for another 71 years. While there is a chance... Read more...
While the 2024 total solar eclipse has come and gone, NASA wants everyone to know there are plenty more eclipses on the horizon ahead of the next total solar eclipse in North America in August 2044. Over the next two years, folks willing to travel can catch an annular solar eclipse in South America this fall, and a... Read more...
With the day of the total solar eclipse finally upon us, many may be wondering what time they need to head outside to view the celestial event. So, if you are in Mexico, or all the way up at the Island of Newfoundland, be sure to know exactly when to look up at the sky (which hopefully won’t be falling), with proper... Read more...
Millions of people across North America are preparing to view the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. NASA is also preparing to host a media briefing with other government agencies to discuss what scientific experiments the agency will conduct during the event, as well as provide viewers with information on... Read more...
On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will darken parts of North America. For those wishing to view the celestial event with their own eyes, it is important to understand what makes a pair of solar eclipse glasses safe for staring at the giant fireball, and to be on the lookout for shady deals that don’t meet the... Read more...
As people prepare to view the upcoming solar eclipse, hotels are preparing to make more money off those wanting to stay near the spectacle. New reports indicate hotels along the “zone of totality” are looking to cash in on people’s desire to have the best seat in the house come April’s total solar eclipse, with one... Read more...
NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory, or SDO, detected three strong solar flares with the potential to disrupt radio communications, electric power grids, navigation signals, and could even pose a risk to spacecraft and astronauts. The first flare detected was an X1.8 flare, the second flare being classified as an X1.7... Read more...
Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope (VLT) have detected an extremely bright quasar that is being powered by a supermassive black hole with an insatiable appetite for destruction. The supermassive black is believed to be growing in mass every day by devouring the equivalent of one Sun every 24 hours, making it... Read more...
This year’s total solar eclipse will not only last longer than the one in 2017, but will also be viewable in its totality by more people. 2024’s total solar eclipse will be viewable by an estimated 31.6 million people, while the one in 2017 was seen in its totality by about 12 million. And in terms of length of time... Read more...
NASA was able to capture a striking image of a massive solar flare being emitted from the Sun on Thursday, which was so powerful that it caused a radio blackout in parts of the Americas. The flare, classified as an X2.8 flare, is the most powerful recorded since 2017. According to reports, the explosion more than... Read more...
Astronomers were recently amazed to find an aurora-like display some 40,000 kilometers above a sunspot. Researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (NJIT-CSTR) detailed radio observations of the event that share characteristics with the auroral radio emissions... Read more...
The sky over North, Central, and South America will feature a celestial delight later today, as an annular solar eclipse creates a "ring of fire." An annular solar eclipse differs from a total eclipse in that the moon is at the farthest point in its orbital path from Earth, keeping it from being able to completely... Read more...
Last year, NASA's Parker Solar Probe flew through one of the most powerful coronal mass ejections (CMEs) ever recorded. The spacecraft's excursion through the CME gave scientists a new perspective on a 20-year-old theory about the interaction of CMEs with interplanetary dust, which could aid in future space weather... Read more...
NASA's Parker Solar Probe and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Solar Orbiter performed incredibly hot spacecraft gymnastics to help solve a cosmic mystery about the Sun. The Sun's atmosphere, known as its corona, has a temperature of around one million degrees Celsius, while its surface is only about 6000 degrees... Read more...
An international collaboration of scientists has discovered the highest-energy light ever observed from the sun. These gamma rays also much brighter than scientists previously thought. Humankind has been trying to figure out the bright orb in the sky since the beginning of time. In more recent years, scientists... Read more...
A duo of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) is projected to combine into one "cannibal" CME before impacting Earth later today. The combo could potentially cause a very strong geomagnetic storm here on Earth. NASA describes a CME as a magnetically generated solar phenomenon that can hurl billions of tons of solar... Read more...
The aurora borealis, typically only seen by those in far north locations like Alaska, Canada, and Scandinavia, is projected to be viewable in up to 17 US states, including New York and others along the East Coast on July 13, 2023. The aurora borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, enamor and amaze everyone... Read more...
NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) captured a stunning image of an X1.0 solar flare. The event took place on July 2, 2023, and caused a temporary degradation or complete loss of High-Frequency radio signals in some parts of the world. NASA has been studying how the Sun creates solar activity and drives space... Read more...
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