A huge solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 6, 2017. A separate image of the Earth provides scale.
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?
Stranded sperm whale in the Netherlands.
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Space weather can impact life on Earth.
Magnificent coronal mass ejection at the sun in 2012.
The Parker probe will go closer to the sun than any other spacecraft has dared go before – literally touching it.
The aurora Steve.
Rémi Farvacque/Alberta Aurora Chasers (facebook)
Scientists still don't know what caused the mysterious phenomenon 'Steve'.
The Earth’s magnetic field is hugely important to our survival.
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A geomagnetic reversal may have a severe impact on humans.
Mysterious gas giant is about 1,000 light years away.
Mark Garlick/University of Warwick.
Ruby and sapphire clouds may be hovering over exoplanet HAT-P-7b.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Our growing dependency on satellites for all forms of communication has made the problem of space weather even more acute.
An artist’s illustration of Kappa Ceti whose stellar winds are 50 times stronger than our sun’s. Any Earth-like planet would need a magnetic field to protect its atmosphere if it was to stand a chance of hosting life.
In the search for life on other planets in the universe we need to find the right kind of star, and it needs to have the right kind of space weather.
NASA Goddard Space Weather Center
Researchers have found out how to predict solar flares up to ten times faster than previous methods.
Launching a space balloon in Sweden.
Geomagnetic storms can interact with particles near Earth, causing issues for satellites and other tech. Researchers send balloons 20 miles into the sky to figure out just what's going on up there.
When the sun flares, space weather is on its way to Earth.
Our power grid infrastructure on Earth is more vulnerable to space weather than previously thought – with susceptibility in more regions and even during quiet geomagnetic periods.
The magnificent solar flare that emerged from the sun in August 2012. Luckily, it didn’t head towards earth.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
A rare but dramatic solar storm could have a damaging effect on aircraft systems crucial for safe flight. New technology can help us avoid serious consequences.
It looks mean from this close, but it’s still damaging when it reaches Earth.
Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA
Satellites are vital and vulnerable - we need to plan for a worst case scenario.
Tempestuous times on the solar surface.
It's the windiest place in the entire solar system – and these storms can be felt here on Earth.
Ain’t half hot: but where’s it heading?
Astrophysicists found out after the January 2014 solar flare that their predictions of solar weather were not very accurate. Here's the fix (kind of).
Aurora borealis lights up the sky over Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland, England.
How scientists tracked a massive emission from the sun right across the solar system.
It’s a storm, but not as we know it.
We’ve all been caught out by a thunderstorm or freezing winter morning down on planet Earth, but up in space things are rather different. Fluctuations in the weather up there won’t make you cold or damp…
A US Chinook similar to the one involved in the gun battle of Takur Ghar.
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Three American soldiers* may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according to a new study. Space weather is normally…