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Did a solar storm damage Earth’s magnetic field?

A review of data, relating to the summer of 2015, suggests a solar storm struck the Earth’s magnetic field. This unprecedented event lasted a couple of hours, and it could have shrunk the Earth’s magnetosphere.

NASA may have less than two minutes to rescue lost spacecraft

Twenty-two months ago, NASA lost contact with its Stereo-B spacecraft during a routine 72-hour test. The long silence ended on Sunday, when the probe — some 189 million miles away from Earth — finally said "hello" again to the space agency.

Symposium warns we could have another 'Carrington event'

We have talked about solar flares before, and generally, we think of them as creating beautiful auroras seen close to the Earth's poles. But what if one of these flares was a "super flare?" What could it do to the Earth?

Major solar storm hits Earth, brings beauty to U.S. night skies

The Earth was hit by a massive solar storm on Monday. While the sun's potent energy could disrupt the power grid and GPS, it is also bringing rare sightings of auroras to parts of the US.

NASA captures image of massive solar flare

As the sun reaches peak intensity of its 11-year sun cycle, solar flares become increasingly common. This latest solar flare was ejected from the sun at approximately 6:49 p.m. on June 7, 2013 and was powerful enough to disrupt long-range communications.

Op-Ed: Is the sun getting ready to turn out the lights?

The sun sure has been heating up things around these and other parts lately. The Lower-48 hasn’t seen this much sun in at least a generation. Here in Texas, too much sun and too little rain teamed up in 2011 to give us the worst drought in history.

Sunspot AR1429 erupts with X5.4 flare that may hit Earth

The Sun erupted late on Tuesday (March 6) with the most powerful flares in more than five years. Experts say the flare may interrupt satellites in orbit and disrupt power grids when it reaches Earth.

Sunspot AR1429 erupts with major X1.1 solar flare

The Sun has erupted once more, after a relatively quiet February. Following the appearance of a new active sunspot AR1429 on March 2, it erupted on March 5 with a major X1-class flare, sending a storm of plasma and charged particles towards the Earth.

Earth has 1-in-8 chance of massive solar megastorm by 2020

After experiencing a disruptive solar flare earlier this year, people are more aware of the sun's power. However, a bigger, more destructive solar storm might be in our immediate future.

Earth has 1-in-8 chance of massive solar megastorm by 2020

After experiencing a disruptive solar flare earlier this year, people are more aware of the sun's power. However, a bigger, more destructive solar storm might be in our immediate future.

Video: NASA tracks latest major Sun flare, rated X1.8-class

NASA has released videos of the coronal mass ejection (CME) that blasted off the Sun on January 27, 2012. The videos were taken by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

Sun unleashes X1.7-class flare, strongest yet of 2012

A massive solar flare, the strongest so far this year, erupted on Friday (January 27) from the same active region that triggered a solar storm earlier in the week.

NASA: Solar flare will not end the world in 2012

NASA officials, in a statement released on November 10, have denied the latest doomsday predictions making the rounds that the world will end in a massive solar flare in 2012.

Massive sunspot unleashes powerful solar flare

A massive solar flare erupted on Thursday. Scientists have classified the solar flare as X1.9 flare, one of the most powerful flares the sun can produce. The flare erupted from a sunspot astronomers say is one of the largest seen in recent years.

Tsunami of solar flares heading to Earth, may disrupt satellites

Greenbelt - A "dramatic" solar flare has erupted from the sun, which has created spectacular images captured by NASA's observatories. Scientists believe it won't have a significant impact on Earth, but some communications satellites could be disrupted.

Sun unleashes powerful 'Valentine's Day Solar Flare' (video)

Greenbelt - Our sun released its largest solar flare since late 2006 Monday. The solar storm sent flash radiation to our planet and has been dubbed by NASA as the Valentine’s Day Solar Flare.

Mighty solar storm hits Earth August 3 or later

Two days ago, the entire Earth-facing side of our sun erupted in tumultuous activity, and NASA scientists have warned that a mass of superhot plasma blasted out of the sun, possibly hitting the earth as early as Tuesday, August 3 (Middle European Time).

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M8.1 solar flare – as seen in the br...
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an M8.1 solar flare – as seen in the bright area on the right – on Sept. 8, 2017. The image is a blend of extreme ultraviolet light in the 131 and 171 angstrom wavelengths.
NASA
The video taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in 171 angstrom shows sunspot 1402 erupting ...
The video taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in 171 angstrom shows sunspot 1402 erupting with an X1.8 class solar flare.
NASA/SDO
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Solar flare
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Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this eruption from 
March 19  2011
Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured this eruption from March 19, 2011
NASA/SDO
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Two successive photos of a solar flare phenomenon evolving on the Sun. The solar disk was blocked in...
Two successive photos of a solar flare phenomenon evolving on the Sun. The solar disk was blocked in these photos for better visualization of the flare.
Mila
An M-class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7  2013. This image was captured by N...
An M-class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7, 2013. This image was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, a wavelength of UV light that is particularly good for seeing flares and that is typically colorized in teal.
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 This image from the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) ...
"This image from the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows active region 1429 in the upper left corner. This region erupted with M-class flares on March 2 and March 4."
NASA/SDO/HMI
M9 Solar Flare  January 23  2012
M9 Solar Flare, January 23, 2012
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Full solar disc view. June 7  2013.
Full solar disc view. June 7, 2013.
NASA/SDO
156 Years Ago  on September 2nd  1859  A Geomagnetic Mega-Storm  The Carrington Event  Struck Earth ...
156 Years Ago, on September 2nd, 1859, A Geomagnetic Mega-Storm, The Carrington Event, Struck Earth's Magnetic Field.
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The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured this video of a coronal mass ejection (CME) t...
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured this video of a coronal mass ejection (CME) that blasted off the sun on January 27, 2012.
Credit: SOHO/ESA&NASA
A large solar flare captured by NASA on March 6th  2012.
A large solar flare captured by NASA on March 6th, 2012.
NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center
Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Ea...
Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger
Still from a video taken by NASA s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the Aug. 8  2011  as it appeared...
Still from a video taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the Aug. 8, 2011, as it appeared in the ultraviolet range of the light spectrum.
NASA/SDO
On August 31  2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun s atmosphere ...
On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT.
By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Wikimedia Commons
Giant solar flare: November 16  2012
Giant solar flare: November 16, 2012
NASA
NASA s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright fla...
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare – as seen in the bright flash on the right side – on Sept. 10, 2017. The image shows a combination of wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the extremely hot material in flares, which has then been colorized.
NASA/SDO/Goddard
Solar flares are giant bursts of x-rays and energy. Flares take only eight minutes to reach the Eart...
Solar flares are giant bursts of x-rays and energy. Flares take only eight minutes to reach the Earth.
NASA
NASA:  The Sun produced five eruptions over a two day period. The fourth eruption hurls white hot ma...
NASA: "The Sun produced five eruptions over a two day period. The fourth eruption hurls white hot material (circular inset) high into the solar corona."
NASA/SOHO/H. Zell

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