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Aurora Borealis lights up skies as far south as Essex and Norfolk

The Northern lights were seen over many parts of the UK on Thursday night, and some as far south as Essex, Norfolk and Gloucestershire were able to witness the spectacle.

IRIS eye on the sun spots biggest solar flare since 2013 launch

Greenbelt - At end January, NASA’s IRIS mission, which gathers data on the sun’s atmosphere, spotted its strongest solar flare since IRIS launched in summer 2013.

Auroras in prospect as Sun's magnetic field nears 11 year flip

Stanford - Physicists at California’s Stanford University are preparing to monitor a rare event that comes round only once every 11 years and whose effects will reverberate through the solar system.

TopFinds: The rise of the Kony 2012 campaign, solar flares erupt

A viral video campaign seeks to raise awareness of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Rare solar flares make headlines across the world. Libyan rebels desecrate gravestones of fallen soldiers. These are the top stories on

Immense solar eruption may force aircraft to reroute on Tuesday

A powerful solar storm unleashing a coronal mass ejection towards Earth on Monday morning has triggered a stark warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA).

Sunspot 1302 unleashed towards Earth, detected on shortwave radio

Greenbelt - Scientists are monitoring a sunspot that produced an X1.9-category solar storm that was unleashed over the weekend and could be headed towards Earth. Sunspot 1302 is so strong that it has been detected shortwave radio on this planet.

Studies show sun is headed into rare hibernation after 2013

Las Cruces - After intensely studying the sun's surface, inner core and its solar activity, scientists are projecting that following its maximum activity in 2013; the sun will be in hibernation mode, which could trigger a mini ice age on Earth.

Scientists warn of severe disruption by intense solar storms

Washington - The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and scientists are warning of the potential dangers if strong solar flare storms continue. Some say solar storms could cost $2 trillion in damages.

Sun unleashes massive class C3 solar eruption, will not hit Earth

A few days ago, the Sun unleashed a massive solar flare when a "wispy tendril erupted." The solar eruption is not expected to hit Earth because it was aimed away from our planet. If it did, it would just cause bright auroras.

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A solar flare is a large explosion in the Sun’s atmosphere that propels radiation across the elect...
A solar flare is a large explosion in the Sun’s atmosphere that propels radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum. Solar flares are dangerous and can cause mass bursts of solar wind and even geomagnetic storms on Earth.
NASA s IRIS solar atmospheric observatory witnessed its strongest Solar Flare on Jan 28 2014  since ...
NASA's IRIS solar atmospheric observatory witnessed its strongest Solar Flare on Jan 28 2014, since launching in 2013.
A sunspot viewed in close-up in ultra-violet light  taken by NASA s TRACE spacecraft.
A sunspot viewed in close-up in ultra-violet light, taken by NASA's TRACE spacecraft.
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