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… » 7/12/13 1:20pm 7/12/13 1:20pm

This is what a solar flare sounds like here on Earth

The Sun is nearing the pinnacle of its 11-year cycle of solar activity, which means things have been pretty wild on the surface of our resident star. As the cycle approaches peak activity (scheduled to climax this year), solar flares like the double eruption observed just this morning are expected to increase in both… » 2/06/13 9:20am 2/06/13 9:20am

A massive solar eruption may lead to the strongest radiation storm in…

Last week, a swelling solar storm on the surface of the Sun sent a stream of charged particles hurtling toward Earth, making for beautiful northern lights in the planet's extreme latitudes. But late last night, at 10:59 p.m. EST, the now massive tempest unleashed an eruption that scientists expect will be responsible… » 1/23/12 1:29pm 1/23/12 1:29pm