No, Coronal Cavities are Not Alien Spaceships Refeuling

Back in 2012, the Solar Dynamic Observatory recorded one of our star's many burps, but this one was different. This one was symmetrical, and an optical illusion, and spawned stories of an alien ship four times the size of the Earth refuelling. » 4/11/14 12:00pm 4/11/14 12:00pm

Gorgeous Footage of Last Weekend's Surprise Aurora Borealis

Last week, an undetected solar storm sent a wave of charged particles hurtling toward Earth. On the night of May 31st, those particles crashed into our planet's magnetic field and rattled the upper atmosphere, igniting the sky in an unanticipated burst of purple, pink and green. » 6/07/13 12:00pm 6/07/13 12:00pm

A massive solar storm could keep us grounded on Earth for a decade

It's decently likely that, sometime in the future, a major solar storm will hit Earth, wreaking havoc on our infrastructure and crippling our satellites. But there's a more long-term danger: space could become too dangerously radioactive to stay there. » 9/13/11 4:17pm 9/13/11 4:17pm

Did This Jellyfish Crop Circle Accurately Predict A Solar Storm?

Discovered last month in a UK barley field, this crop circle appears to be a jellyfish. But intrepid crop circle analysts have discovered that it predicts a devastating solar storm on July 7. And they have diagrams to prove it. » 7/02/09 6:30am 7/02/09 6:30am

Solar Storm Season Could Plunge Earth Into Total Blackout, Warn…

A major solar storm could unleash a burst of geomagnetic fury on Earth's power grid. Recently a group of scientists released a report asking whether our high tech society could survive in bad space weather. » 1/13/09 12:19pm 1/13/09 12:19pm