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A huge solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 6, 2017. A separate image of the Earth provides scale. NASA/GSFC/SDO

Massive sunspots and huge solar flares mean unexpected space weather for Earth

At a time in the sun's cycle when space weather experts expect less solar activity, our star is going bonkers with solar flares and coronal mass ejections. What effects will Earth feel?
Amazing colours in the Southern Lights seen from Primrose Sands, near Hobart. Francois Fourie

The Southern Lights put on a display in the night sky

Over the past few months night sky watchers in the southern parts of Australia have been presented with lots of beautiful displays of the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. So what causes the impressive…
A recent solar eruption just missed Earth; these coronographs show the sun before and during the eruption. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Solar eruption could help Earth prepare for technology melt-down

A sobering study published this month in Space Weather warns why we need to get better prepared for disruptive space weather events - particularly coronal mass ejections. The current solar maximum - a…
The impact on society from the next solar maximum is predicted to be worse than the last. NASA

Divert power to shields – the solar maximum is coming

Over the past few months our planet has been impacted by an increasing number of solar explosions that have erupted from the sun’s surface. Even though next year’s predicted solar maximum – the period…