In First, Scientists Trace Fastest Solar Particles to Their Roots on the Sun

“Normally, you have to infer this kind of thing – you’d say, ‘look we saw an SEP and a solar flare, and the SEP probably came from the solar flare,’”…

Surprise! Study finds solar winds hit north pole more than south

From the UA website and the not THAT Mann department: University of Alberta physicists have discovered a surprising imbalance in how the Earth responds to space weather driven by the…

A method has been developed to study extreme space weather events

The results can help to better understand and predict the most extreme space weather events and their potential to cause strong geomagnetic storms that directly affect the operation of engineering…

Weird: Out of Nowhere, Something Just Rocked Earth’s Magnetic Field

A GLOBAL MAGNETIC ANOMALY: On June 23rd, Earth’s quiet magnetic field was unexpectedly disturbed by a wave of magnetism that rippled around much of the globe. There was no solar…

ESO telescope observes exoplanet where it rains iron

Researchers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day side where temperatures climb above…

NASA Selects Proposals to Advance Understanding of Space Weather

From NASA Sept. 3, 2019 RELEASE 19-071 NASA Selects Proposals to Advance Understanding of Space Weather NASA has selected three proposals for concept studies of missions that could help us…

NASA Selects Missions to Study Our Sun, Its Effects on Space Weather

From NASA June 20, 2019 RELEASE 19-047 https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/thumbnails/image/solarwind.png NASA has selected two new missions to advance our understanding of the Sun and its dynamic effects on space. One of the…

Sun spotless for 33 days straight – airline travelers getting dosed with up to 70 times more radiation [than at sea level]

Are we in a solar grand minimum? We’ve seen this before, but now predictions are for an extremely weak solar cycle ahead. Today is the summer solstice in the northern…

Seeing an Aurora From the Space Station

From NASA  click on image for high resolution version~ctm June 13, 2019 Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Christina Koch snapped this image of an aurora, saying: “Years ago…

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…

Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights finally caught making “thunder”

Audio recording captures a “thunderclap” from recent display in Finland Dr. Tony Philips writes: For centuries, people inside the Arctic Circle have reported hearing strange hissing and popping sounds under…

New Satellites Target Space Weather Threat

WHO’S AFRAID OF KILLER ELECTRONS?  “Killer electrons” from the Van Allen Belts are raining down on Earth’s atmosphere. Last Saturday, a Delta II rocket blasted off at dawn from Vandenberg…

With the sun spotless – cracks are forming in Earth's magnetic field

While the sun is completely blank today, and has been for 8 days, some new things are happening in space in the electromagnetic relationship between the sun and the Earth…

Scientists make first direct observation of electrons creating Northern Lights

I found this very interesting, so I’m passing it along to WUWT readers. The shower of electrons bouncing across Earth’s magnetosphere – commonly known as the Northern Lights – has…

Giant 'space hurricanes' may affect satellites

Solar wind impacts on giant ‘space hurricanes’ may affect satellite safety From EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY Could the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in…

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…

NASA: Human activities now affecting space

From the “worse than we thought” department and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center comes this: Space weather events linked to human activity Our Cold War history is now offering scientists…

Spaceweather protection bill passes the Senate

From the “a single Carrington event can ruin your whole day, er, life” department: WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously passed a bill May 2 intended to support space weather research…

More worrying than global warming – report on ‘extreme space weather’ shows risks to Earth

Extreme space weather has a global footprint and the potential to damage critical infrastructure on the ground and in space. A new report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre…

Study: Northern Lights may disappear – shrinking protective bubble to put Earth at risk of solar blasts

From the University of Reading: Britain may lose the magic of the Northern Lights by the middle of the century due to major shifts in solar activity, scientists have discovered. Space…

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…

New tool could predict large solar storms more than 24 hours in advance

From Imperial College, London: Large magnetic storms from the Sun, which affect technologies such as GPS and utility grids, could soon be predicted more than 24 hours in advance. Coronal…

NASA's missions reveal the origin of theta auroras

Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the sun’s effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood. Thanks to the joint European Space Agency…

Insights into the physics of space weather that disrupts cell phones and creates Earthly havoc

From the American Physical Society News from the 2014 APS Division of Plasma Physics Meeting Each second, the sun hurls millions of tons of hot, charged plasma gas into space.…