These Ancient Texts Might Help Us Predict the Next Massive Solar Storm

Spotting the Northern Lights anywhere in the United States (except for Alaska and the Upper Midwest) would probably be one of most notable experiences in an American space fan’s life. Now imagine if it was China or Japan a thousand years ago and you didn’t know what caused these light shows. Odds are, you’d freak out a little bit... and write about it. Read More >>

A Solar Flare Almost Caused Nuclear War in 1967

On May 23rd, 1967, the United States Air Force scrambled to ready nuclear missile-laden aircraft for deployment. Radar systems designed to detect incoming Soviet missiles had just been disrupted, in what the military perceived to be an act of war. But before any nukes were launched in retaliation, it seems Air Force command was told to stand down. Read More >>

A Nightmarish Timeline of What Would Happen to the Earth After a Massive Solar Flare

At first, things could actually be rather beautiful: worldwide aurorae! A brighter sun! But then things would rapidly get ugly, with the breakdown of communications, rolling power outages, and a burning away of the ozone. Read More >>

Something Weird and Amazing is Happening at Jupiter’s North Pole

If you were soaring through Jupiter’s turbid skies wearing a pair of x-ray goggles, you might get lucky and witness something incredible. Brilliant flashes of light, more luminous and powerful than the Sun, occurring every 26 minutes and stretching as far as the eye can see. That’s the essence of a massive solar storm recently witnessed for the first time near Jupiter’s north pole. Read More >>

The Earth Was Almost Fried Back in 2012

A massive solar storm in July 2012 was more intense than thought—and it blasted right through the Earth's orbit. Luckily for us, we were on the other side of the sun, thus missing the chaos completely. But if that storm had hit this beautiful little blue marble in space? "The solar bursts would have enveloped Earth in magnetic fireworks matching the largest magnetic storm ever reported on Earth, the so-called Carrington event of 1859," Science Daily reports. Read More >>

Cloudy With a Chance of Space Weather

Worried about an important satellite transmission? The Met Office will begin offering daily space weather forecasts to warn against solar storms that can knock out electric grids, radios, and satellite based tech like GPS. Solar storm activity follows a 11 year cycle, and we're approaching a maximum right now. [BBC] Read More >>

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The Spectacular Auroras Caused By the Biggest Solar Storm In Seven Years

On January 22, a January 22 M8.7 class flare caused the biggest solar storm since 2005. Airplanes had to change routes, and the power grid and satellites were affected. It also caused some of the best auroras ever seen. Read More >>

How the Biggest Solar Storm Since 2005 Is Going to Affect You

There's a solar Coronal Mass Ejection travelling towards us at 1,400 miles per second, the largest solar storm since 2005. It will hit Earth around 2pm GMT, causing fluctuations on the power grid and disruptions to the Global Positioning System. Read More >>