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…

New discovery – 'magnetic cages' on the sun sometimes save us from massive solar eruptions

NASA’s SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun’s surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research…

SUNSPOT EXPLODES, HURLS GIANT SOLAR FLARE AT EARTH

We first reported on this possibility a few days ago. On Feb. 12th, the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2699 exploded–for more than 6 hours. The slow-motion blast produced a C1-class solar flare and hurled…

Study: When the sun pulses X-rays, Earth’s ionosphere pulses in sync

A team of scientists led by solar physicist Laura Hayes investigated a connection between solar flares and Earth’s atmosphere. They discovered pulses in the electrified layer of the atmosphere –…

Geomagnetic Storm: Aurora from X9 class solar flare seen in Massachusetts last night

The particle debris from this week’s monster X9-class solar flare hit Earth’s magnetic field last night. The result: Northern Lights in the USA as far south as Arkansas. A severe…

The sun belches out a 3rd X-class solar flare in as many days

Earlier this week, on Sept 4th, active sunspot AR2673 hurled a CME toward Earth. Now a second monster sized flare has been released from the same region. On Sept. 6th…

Sun unleashes a SECOND Monster X class solar flare – strongest in a decade

Earlier this week, on Sept 4th, active sunspot AR2673 hurled a CME toward Earth. Now a second monster sized flare has been released from the same region. On Sept. 6th…

Solar storms linked to mass strandings of whales

Mass strandings of whales have often been documented, but their causes remain unclear. Researchers from Europe have just published a study in the International Journal of Astrobiology suggesting that some strandings are…

Still far more worrisome than global warming: solar coronal mass ejections

Dr. Leif Svalgaard writes advising me of this new paper published Jan. 17. After reading it, I’ll have to say that it isn’t a matter of “if” – it’s a…

With solar storm in progress, regional impact forecasts set to begin

According to NASA’s Spaceweather.com, a G1-class geomagnetic storm is ringing Earth’s poles on Sept. 29th as a high-speed (600+ km/s) stream of solar wind continues to buffet our planet’s magnetic field.…

A new method for predicting speed and motion of solar flares

A Montana State University physicist who has developed a new model that predicts the speed of solar plasma during solar flares, likening it to the path traveled by a thrown…

Scientists Shed Light on How Solar Flares Accelerate Particles to Nearly the Speed of Light

Shedding light on particle acceleration in solar flares From the NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY: For scientists studying the impacts of space weather, one of the central mysteries of solar…

NASA observes 'significant solar flare' on the sun that thankfully missed Earth

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, has sent back pictures of a massive, X-class solar flare. The X-class flares are the strongest, and this one received an X2.7 rating. It wasn’t pointed…

Massive X class flare erupts from the sunspot 2192

As we previously mentioned on WUWT, the Sunspot 2192 which is as large as Jupiter had the potential of hurling large solar flares toward Earth. According to NASA’s spaceweather.com “Giant…

Solar flare danger – massive sunspot the size of Jupiter takes aim at Earth

The potential for a massive solar flare directed at Earth is looming large. An SDO/HMI view of the visible sun showing the largest sunspot of solar cycle 24, AR12192. Image…