| Dec 26, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Motors whirred as a gleaming white dome slowly opened, allowing one of the premier solar telescopes in the world to track the magnetic fields and exploding flares of the sun. In a few hours, computers would translate that data into detailed video and...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 1:59 PM
Hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms aren't the only systems that cause trouble.
Solar storms, or major flare-ups on the surface of the sun, can blast the Earth with magnetic energy and disrupt everything from telecommunications to GPS systems....
| Oct 14, 2014
| 4:04 PM
NASA’s MAVEN mission has sent back its first look at a solar storm that hit the Martian atmosphere last month, delivering detailed images of the halos of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon surrounding the Red Planet and even mapping the ozone lying beneath...
| Jun 23, 2012
GPS technology is integrated into the operation of nearly every piece of farming equipment Finch Services Inc. sells in Maryland and Pennsylvania, helping farmers ensure they don't cover the same ground twice when scattering seeds or spraying fields....
| Jul 12, 2012
| 1:42 PM
A strong solar flare blasted toward the Earth on Thursday and has sent a burst of powerful radiation toward us, potentially causing disruptions in radio and navigation technology.
The flare occured about 12:50 p.m. in an area of the sun known as Active...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 4:13 PM
To play on a phrase from "Star Trek": "Space. The final weather frontier."
I just learned that space weather is something that exists. I asked Vic if he had ever heard of space weather, and he said no.
We knew about solar wind, which is a steady...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 4:47 PM
After 36 years of space exploration and months of heated argument among scientists, NASA officials confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 entered into interstellar space more than a year ago.
The final piece of evidence that led scientists to conclude that...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 6:50 PM
And we never even got a chance to say goodbye.
After 36 years of space exploration and months of heated argument among scientists, NASA officials confirmed Thursday that Voyager 1 had indeed crossed into interstellar space more than a year ago.
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:07 PM
Circling Earth at an altitude of more than 22,000 miles are a host of satellites that give us access to some of the things we love most: the Internet, mobile phones and premium TV.
But space is a hostile environment, even for a chunk of metal. Our...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 4:50 PM
A solar flare that was the largest of the year could create a rare chance to see the aurora borealis, or "Northern Lights", from Maryland on Saturday night.
The flare occurred Thursday at 3:16 a.m. and was associated with what is known as a coronal mass...
| May 13, 2013
| 1:38 PM
The sun erupted for the second time in less than 24 hours Monday morning, releasing the most powerful solar flare so far of 2013.
Monday's solar flare, which peaked at 9 a.m. Pacific time, came just 14 hours after the second largest solar flare of 2013,...