Huge sunspot may launch solar flares toward Earth in the next two weeks

One of the biggest sunspots in years is emerging on the sun today. Hours ago it produced a C-class solar flare and a minor radio blackout over the Indian Ocean.…

The Carrington Event: September 1st, 1859

In fact, it was this same time of year back in 1859 when a super solar storm – now known as the “Carrington Event” – took place during another weak…

NASA sun data helps new model predict big solar flares

Using data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, scientists have developed a new model that successfully predicted seven of the Sun’s biggest flares from the last solar cycle, out…

NASA’s SDO Sees New Kind of Magnetic Explosion on Sun

from NASA Dec. 17, 2019 NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has observed a magnetic explosion the likes of which have never been seen before. In the scorching upper reaches of the…

This kind of solar storm could be devastating in today’s world…”The Carrington Event” of 1859

Guest post by Paul Dorian Overview The sun continues to be very quiet and it has been without sunspots this year 70% of the time as we approach what is…

Three solar storms headed for Earth

NOAA forecasters say there is a 55% to 60% chance of geomagnetic storms on May 15th and 16th when a series of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) could hit Earth’s magnetic…

Huge new sunspot may hurl flares towards Earth

Sunspot AR2736, which hurled a Coronal Mass Ejection toward Earth yesterday, is growing larger and crackling with C-class solar flares. The active region now sprawls across more than 100,000 km…

Monster solar storm that hit Earth discovered in the past

Something this big today would surely fry electrical grids, GPS, and communications. It may be bigger than the Carrington Solar event of 1859. Scientists have found evidence of a huge…

Declassified report shows solar flares detonated mines

By Jonathan Griffin A strong solar storm in 1972 caused widespread disturbances to satellites and spacecraft, and may have led to the detonation of mines during the Vietnam War, according…

Bad timing: Solar flares disrupted radio communications during September 2017 Atlantic hurricane relief effort

From the AGU: WASHINGTON — An unlucky coincidence of space and Earth weather in early September 2017 caused radio blackouts for hours during critical hurricane emergency response efforts, according to…