Solar Storms Could Pose a Threat to Self-Driving Cars

We've seen field tests, but we're not at the point where self-driving or autonomous cars are a widespread phenomenon. But when that...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 17 March 2018 - 3:33PM

NASA Has Fired Up a New Tool For Staring Directly at the Sun

Fact: staring directly at the sun is a bad idea. The bright light from our planet's star can cause genuine retinal damage to anyone...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 16 March 2018 - 1:03PM

NASA's Parker Solar Probe Could Send Your Name to the Sun

Assuming you're not mentioned anywhere in the Voyager 1 probe's records in interstellar space, you have an opportunity to send your...

Jonathan Kesh
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 - 7:44PM

'Plasma Bubbles' Can Lead to Solar Flares and Auroras

The process of "fast magnetic reconnection" may not seem to interesting, but it plays a role in a lot of extremely bright and...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 04 March 2018 - 2:27PM

'Explosive' Solar Flare Storm Approaching Earth Could Cause Trillions in Damage to Power Grid

Stargazers are in for a rare double-feature today: not only do they have the chance to watch a partial solar eclipse, a recent solar...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 10:44AM

The Sun Is Getting Dimmer But That Won't Stop Global Warming

If you're a big fan of sunbathing, you might want to take advantage of warm, sunny days as much as possible this year; they're not...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 09 February 2018 - 10:42AM

The Sun Just Produced the Strongest Magnetic Field Ever Seen and No One Can Explain It

When a team of Japanese astronomers were combing through four-year-old solar data, they never expected to discover a giant sunspot...

Justin Joffe
Thursday, 08 February 2018 - 10:12AM

Looking at Mercury Reveals How the Sun is Losing Its Mass

The sun is losing mass very, very slowly. This is mostly normal —  as it goes about its nuclear fusion process, it gradually...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 21 January 2018 - 3:19PM

NASA Uses Lasers to Test Their Parker Solar Probe

NASA's Parker Solar Probe was given its name for a couple reasons. It's not just a probe that will run on solar power; it's a probe...

Jonathan Kesh
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 - 8:34PM

This Solar Storm Could Cause $10 Trillion in Damage

It's not a question of if--it's a question of when. As our technology continues to advance, we're becoming increasingly vulnerable to...

Ian S.
Monday, 13 November 2017 - 2:16PM

NASA Reports Comet Flying Dangerously Close to the Sun

Some comets are clearly thrillseekers.96P is a cosmic rock that's been seen buzzing around the solar system with great regularity over...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 - 11:26AM

The Strongest Solar Flare in Over 10 Years Has Been Unleashed

On the morning of September 6th, the Sun unleashed two brief eruptions of radiation. The first burst was classified as an X-class...

Chelsea Gohd
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 12:22PM

A Gigantic Solar Flare Disrupted Radio Communications on Earth

Not to scare you, but if anything were to take out our means of worldwide communication, like, say, an enormous solar flare, we'd all...

Matthew Loffhagen
Thursday, 07 September 2017 - 7:27PM

The Sun's Magnetic Field Destroyed a Solar Eruption on its Surface

From this far away, it's eay to look up at the sun and think of it as merely a big ball of static light, kind of like a lamp or a...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 - 6:23PM

Watching the Surface of the Sun Is Terrifying (and Awesome)

If you're not familiar with NASA's IRIS satellite, take one look at its job description:The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 - 4:33PM

A Dying Star Foreshadows Earth's Demise

A spectacular celestial event might may foreshadow an ominous fate for Earth. Leen Decin, professor at the KU Leuven Institute of...

Noelle Phansalkar
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - 3:51PM

Watch: NASA Finds a Massive Hole in the Sun

There's no need for any doomsday predictions, but NASA has just found a huge hole growing on the Sun. Every once in a while, the Sun...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 12:19PM

Astronomers Discover New Dwarf Planet 10 Billion Miles from the Sun

Move over, Pluto. An international team of astronomers has just discovered an icy dwarf planet in the disk of small objects beyond...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 11 July 2016 - 5:35PM

Watch: The Full Solar Eclipse Darkens the World from an Alaska Airlines Flight

The only full solar eclipse of the year happened on Tuesday night, and it was such a momentous event, Alaska Airlines changed one of...

Janey Tracey
Thursday, 10 March 2016 - 9:46AM

The Only Full Solar Eclipse This Year Is Happening Tomorrow--Here's How to Watch

Tomorrow night, on March 8, the Moon will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun, temporarily blocking the light of the Sun from...

Janey Tracey
Monday, 07 March 2016 - 12:43PM