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

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

This is the most spectacular solar flare we've seen in ages

Earlier this afternoon, magnetic fields on the Sun's northeastern limb exploded in an arcing jet of roiling plasma, producing what is hands down one of the most spectacular solar explosions we've seen in years. » 4/16/12 3:30pm 4/16/12 3:30pm

This is the first real video of a comet crashing into the Sun

Comets will occasionally come a little too close to the Sun and crash into a fiery oblivion, but until now we had never been able to see it as it happened (though there have been some fake comet-smashes-the-sun videos circulating online). Witness the last moments of a sun-grazer comet. Blink and you may miss it - look … » 7/14/11 11:20am 7/14/11 11:20am