| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:18 PM
The sun is throwing stuff at us again.
A sunspot erupted Wednesday morning with a large, X-class solar flare that caused a wave of plasma called a Coronal Mass Ejection to shoot off the sun and come zooming toward Earth at the speed of 800 to 900...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 1:23 PM
New video provides an amazing view of a recent solar eruption captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the sun. Material can be seen bursting from the surface of the sun in an M-class coronal mass ejection.
What makes this footage particularly intriguing,...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:20 PM
Our sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet.
A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum -- the time in the sun's 11-year cycle when it is the most active.
But now, there is...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 3:00 AM
High in the Eastern Sierra, a pack of huskies is howling in the shadow of snow-covered peaks.
Drawn by their song, 10 teenage members of the Earth to Sky Calculus club break from their work and gather on a cabin deck. Before long, they're howling too....
| Jun 13, 2014
| 12:12 PM
Feelin’ the heat? Three massive solar flares could “shockwave” Earth today.
That’s the upshot from NASA and NOAA, after powerful plasma ejections erupted from the sun earlier this week. The flares pose no danger to humans,...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 3:08 PM
The sun unleashed two X-class solar flares in the span of one hour and 10 minutes Tuesday morning, and there is a good chance that more may be coming soon.
Solar flares are big bursts of radiation that come from dark areas of the sun called sunspots. An...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 3:17 PM
A solar flare flashed on the turbulent surface of the sun last week – and NASA captured the moment in a video. The agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched as balletic lines of light swirled and grew to produce the M-class flare.
| Mar 20, 2014
| 6:31 AM
Phew! You may not have known it, but Earth barely missed the "perfect solar storm" that could have smashed into our magnetic field and wreaked havoc with our satellite systems, electronics and power systems, potentially causing trillions of dollars in...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 9:05 PM
FREDERICK, Md. — Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:47 PM
On Thursday morning, at exactly 5:31 a.m. Pacific time, the moon passed across the face of the sun, at least from the perspective of NASA's space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Although the SDO sees two to three lunar transits of this ilk a year,...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 11:59 AM
A solar storm may cast colored lights – known as the Aurora Borealis or Northern lights – in the sky over parts of the northern Plains, the Great Lakes region and Northeast on Thursday and Friday, forecasters say.
“It’s a very...