This massive solar flare will make for dazzling northern lights

Things are getting pretty wild on the surface of the Sun. Our resident star is nearing the pinnacle of its 11-year cycle of solar activity, which is scheduled to climax in 2013. As it approaches peak activity, energetic flares β€” like the one pictured here β€” are expected to increase in both frequency and intensity. » 9/08/11 7:00am 9/08/11 7:00am