The UK government has announced plans to fund a new 24/7 space-weather forecasting service. As Elizabeth Gibney of Nature News reports, the Met Office warnings will protect satellites and help prevent blackouts on Earth. At a cost of £4.6-million ($7.5-million), the service could also warn of an incoming Carrington… » 12/26/13 12:40pm 12/26/13 12:40pm

Failed star is home to gigantic super-storm

A brown dwarf located 47 light-years away is behaving very strangely. The would-be star's brightness is constantly changing, fluctuating by as much as 30% in just eight hours. This could be an atmospheric disturbance that dwarfs Jupiter's Great Red Spot. » 9/12/11 12:41pm 9/12/11 12:41pm

Sunspot predictions now as accurate as your local weather report

How accurate do you expect your local weather report to be? Honestly, I'll believe their predictions up to 48 hours, but anything beyond that is pushing it. Now it looks like our ability to predict sunspots is now at that same level, giving us valuable warning time for people in space, and infrastructure on the… » 8/19/11 1:02pm 8/19/11 1:02pm