Our Sun Emits One of the Most Violent Solar Flares This Year

Yesterday morning, the sun unleashed a powerful X1 solar flare. X-flares are the most powerful classification of solar eruption there is. This is the latest in a string of recent outbursts, with yesterday's eruption among the most violent we've seen all year. » 11/20/13 9:20am 11/20/13 9:20am

2013's solar maximum could be weakest since the dawn of the space age

So this is unexpected. The Sun is currently at the peak of its 11-year solar cycle. It should be awash with sunspots, solar flares, coronal mass ejections and the like. And yet, observations indicate our parent star has actually been pretty quiet this year – so quiet, in fact, this year's solar max could go down as the … » 7/12/13 1:20pm 7/12/13 1:20pm

What the hell is happening on the Sun?

In less than 24 hours, the Sun has unleashed a trio of X-Class solar flares. They are the first, second and third X-class eruptions of 2013, making them the most powerful of the year by a substantial margin. What's more, each burst has been more violent than the last. So uhh... what the hell is going on here? » 5/14/13 8:15am 5/14/13 8:15am