SDO getting an eclipse

I noticed this in our sidebar SDO solar image and grabbed it. It has happened before, last year.

Missing sunspots solved by NASA?

News from NASA that they believe they have solved the mystery of the missing sunspots and why the solar minimum was so prolonged: Researchers Crack the Mystery of the Missing…

Sunspot group 1158 produces an X class solar flare

Solar expert Dr. Leif Svalgaard says the last X class flare was Dec 13th, 2006. The flare today is the first Solar Cycle 24 flare reaching X class level. See…

NASA's Hathaway revises the sunspot prediction down again

From the Marshall Space Flight Center, Dr. Hathaway’s page: Current prediction for the next sunspot cycle maximum gives a smoothed sunspot number maximum of about 58 in July of 2013.…

On the "Magnetic polar shifts cause massive global super storms" story

I’ve been avoiding this story (Magnetic polar shifts cause massive global super storms) for awhile, hoping it would simply die, but people keep asking me about it, and I see…

For the first time ever, we can image the sun in 360°

Latest image of the far side of the Sun based on high resolution STEREO data, taken on February 2, 2011 at 23:56 UT when there was still a small gap…

Earthly cloud similarities seen in solar CMEs

New SDO images show CMEs exploding from the Sun ripples like clouds do on Earth. It looks a lot like this photo, showing the well known Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. =============================================================== From…

New WUWT Solar Images and Data Page

I’ve done some house cleaning and maintenance today to replace the aging SOHO image on the sidebar (which had not been updating since January 11th, thanks to Ric Werme for…

Bait and switch; business as usual

Reading the headline and first paragraph of this press release from FECYT – Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology one might think they are making a case for natural cycles.…

Longstanding Mystery of Sun's Hot Outer Atmosphere Solved

From the National Science Foundation: Answer lies in jets of plasma One of the most enduring mysteries in solar physics is why the Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, is millions…

The sun is still in a slump – still not conforming to NOAA "consensus" forecasts

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) produced their monthly solar cycle progression update yesterday. The news is not encouraging. We’ve had a drop in solar activity again in December, The…

NASA's Sunspot Prediction Roller Coaster

Guest Posting by Ira Glickstein Santa brought us a new Sunspot prediction to be added to NASA’s incredibly high series of at least five ill-fated predictions starting in 2006. NASA’s…

Solar Geomagnetic Ap Index Hits Zero

This is something you really don’t expect to see this far into solar cycle 24. But there it is, the Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite shows the sun as a cueball:…

Global Eruption Rocks the Sun

I should point out that thanks to the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), we can see things that we’ve never seen before. So while this event is unprecedented in the history…

Massive solar filament eruption captured by SDO

The Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite captured this image yesterday. A massive filament on the Sun erupted in a stunning display as seen here in the videos below. The giant solar…

SOHO – 15 years today

Dr. Leif Svalgaard advises via email that today is the 15th anniversary of the SOHO(Solar and Heliospheric Observatory). Here’s a story to celebrate one of the most successful space missions…