Concept art of the blazing mutant you didn't see in ​X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn revealed back in 2011 that Roberto "Sunspot" Da Costa, the Brazilian mutant with the ability to absorb solar energy was a "pain in the ass" to film and too expensive. So he had to be cut. But this newly released concept art shows the mutant that could have been. Plus new Emma… » 12/12/13 12:20pm 12/12/13 12:20pm

Massive new sunspot is three times as wide as the Earth

It might not look like much relative to the rest of the sun's surface, but the sunspot pictured up top (dubbed AR1339 by the folks at NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory) is positively massive — the biggest astronomers have observed in years. » 11/04/11 8:30am 11/04/11 8:30am

Stare directly into the terrifying black heart of the Sun

This image is either a closeup look at a dark sunspot moving across the Sun, or a particularly fiery view of the gates of hell. Either way, this is clearly somewhere that's dangerous to even look at, let alone visit. » 9/19/11 9:30am 9/19/11 9:30am

Scientists Simulate Sun Spots In The Lab

This is the first accurate, computer-generated image of a sunspot. Not only is it awesome and terrifying to behold, but it means we're one step closer to understanding the solar weather that could one day destroy the earth. » 6/18/09 3:18pm 6/18/09 3:18pm

A Sunspot Twice The Size Of Earth

Sunspot 982 flared up over the weekend, and it looks totally awesome. Not only is it humongous, but it has these two cool-looking dark filaments sticking out of it. Photographer Greg Piepol took this picture using a regular Coronado SolarMax 90 Ha telescope. Another awesome sunspot pic after the jump. » 2/05/08 6:30am 2/05/08 6:30am

Sunspot Announces New Cycle, End of the World

Mark your calendars - It may not feel like it, but last Friday was potentially the start of the end of the world. Friday, you see, saw the identification that a new 11-year solar cycle has started (as Charlie pointed out) and according to many, when solar cycles peak, so does societal and cultural revolution (look here » 1/08/08 4:00pm 1/08/08 4:00pm