Solar storms that caused pretty auroras can create havoc with technology

The same geomagnetic storms causing the auroras can cause havoc with our planet’s human-made infrastructure. 

Largest ever solar storm identified in a 14,300-year-old tree rings

A similar solar storm today would be catastrophic for modern technological society—potentially wiping out telecommunications and satellite systems, causing massive electricity grid blackouts, and costing us billions of pounds.

NASA supercomputer makes predictions to give time to prepare for solar storms

The model uses AI to analyze spacecraft measurements of the solar wind and predict where an impending solar storm will strike, anywhere on Earth, with 30 minutes of warning. This could provide just enough time to prepare for these storms.

Second 'Giant Hole' Appears on Sun

  • 30 Mar 2023

A giant 'hole' has appeared on the surface of the Sun, and it could send 1.8 million-mph solar winds toward Earth by Friday.

A Powerful Solar Eruption on Far Side of Sun

A massive eruption of solar material, known as a coronal mass ejection or CME, was detected escaping from the Sun at 11:36 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2023. Even though the CME erupted from the opposite side of the Sun, its impacts were felt at Earth. 

Traces of Giant, 2,700-Year-Old Solar Storm Detected in Greenland Ice

An extreme form of solar storm, known as a solar proton event (SPE) struck our planet in 660 BCE. If an event of such magnitude were to happen today, it would likely wreak havoc on our technological infrastructure.

Check out world's first panorama of the Moon's far side

Eight days after its historic landing on the far side of the Moon, China’s Chang’e 4 lander has captured its first panoramic image.

Earth more solar exposed with rapid magnetic field reversals

The international research team found that magnetic field reversals could happen much more rapidly than the thousands of years previously thought to be needed.

Largest solar radiation storm since 2003

As the Earth's magnetic field begins to calm after several days of intense geomagnetic activity, the NOAA has announced that we experienced the largest solar radiation storm since 2003.

Solar flare: space weather disrupts communications, threatens other technologies

A powerful solar flare has ushered in the largest space weather storm in at least four years and has already disrupted some ground communications on Earth.

Sun unleashes huge solar flare towards Earth

The Sun has unleashed its strongest flare in four years, observers say.

Global eruption rocks the Sun: scientists re-evaluate ideas about solar storms

On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big. It was so big, it may have shattered old ideas about solar activity.