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  • April Skies: What Visible Planets, Moon Phases and Other Celestial Events Does …
    April Skies: What Visible Planets, Moon Phases and Other Celestial Events Does … Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    April holds an array of space and sky events, from the opportunity to view Venus and Neptune at the same time, to the annual solar eclipse. It rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. More »

  • Huge X1-Class Solar Flare Threatens Geomagnetic Storm With Potential to Wipe …
    Huge X1-Class Solar Flare Threatens Geomagnetic Storm With Potential to Wipe … Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    The sun unleashed a major solar flare at the weekend, which could cause a geomagnetic storm on 2nd April. The flare erupted on Saturday from the decaying sunspot AR2017 at 17.48 GMT, according to a later report from the NOAA-led Space Weather Prediction Center. Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the celestial event on video. Tony Phillips, a Nasa astronomer, told Spaceweather.com that the solar flare and several recent eruptions of super-hot solar plasma (called a coronal mass ejection) could trigger a minor geomagnetic storm. The effects of a CME are usually only felt a few days after the flare, when the plasma has time to reach Earth and disrupt its magnetic field. More »

  • Earth Narrowly Missed Catastrophic 'Solar Superstorm' Equal to a Billion …
    Earth Narrowly Missed Catastrophic 'Solar Superstorm' Equal to a Billion … Wed, Mar 19, 2014

    According research published in Nature Communications, scientists at University of California, Berkeley, together with experts from China, have found Earth narrowly dodged a "huge magnetic bullet" in July 2012. This was thanks to the Earth's position on the other side of the sun from where the eruptions took place. Had the eruptions taken place just nine days earlier, the effect on Earth would have been "tremendous", enveloping the planet in magnetic fireworks that match the largest magnetic storm ever recorded. More »

  • Giant Solar Flare 'Has Potential to Wipe Out Communication on Earth' …
    Giant Solar Flare 'Has Potential to Wipe Out Communication on Earth' … Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    A giant solar flare has the potential to wipe out modern means of communication on Earth, knocking out satellites and electricity through a huge cloud of charged particles. According to Adrian Melott, a physicist from the University of Kansas, if a massive solar flare the same size as one that hit Earth in 1859 reached our planet today, the consequences would be devastating. The 1859 solar flare fried telegraph lines, but there was little impact on society. Astrophysicist David Hathaway from Nasa's Marshall Space Flight Centre said: "It's happened before, as recently as 1989. More »

  • Northern Lights Aurora Borealis Illuminate UK
    Northern Lights Aurora Borealis Illuminate UK Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    The Aurora Borealis, normally only visible inside the Arctic Circle, has been seen lighting up skies as far south as Essex. Last night, the lights were clearly visible in Glasgow, Orkney and Aberdeenshire in Scotland, at Preston in Lancashire and in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside. More »

  • Solar Flares and Sunspots: Spectacular Images of the Sun Captured From Spac …
    Solar Flares and Sunspots: Spectacular Images of the Sun Captured From Spac … Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    The sun emitted a significant solar flare on Monday. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation, appearing as giant flashes of light in Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) images. Nasa's SDO, which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event. The SDO satellite was launched in February 2010 and is expected to observe the behaviour of the sun for five years. More »

  • Mars drill project awarded £3.95m
    Mars drill project awarded £3.95m Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    A Scottish space programme has been awarded almost £4 million to develop a drill to explore the surface of Mars. More »

  • Northern Lights Pictured Shining On UK
    Northern Lights Pictured Shining On UK Sat, Jan 11, 2014

    Stunning images of the Northern Lights have been snapped in Wales. Kim Price took the photos near her home in Llangollen, Denbighshire, on Thursday night when she headed out to view the aurora borealis - which are normally only visible inside the Arctic circle. The wedding photographer told Sky News she saw faint green lights above Valle Crucis Abbey - but had no idea what she had captured until she got home and downloaded them on to her computer. "It was quite spooky up there near the abbey, but it was a very clear night with no air pollution and I thought there might be a good chance of seeing the northern lights." More »

  • Northern Lights 2014: Where to Watch Aurora Borealis in UK
    Northern Lights 2014: Where to Watch Aurora Borealis in UK Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    A sun storm that occurred on 7 January has sent coronal mass ejection, or CME, towards the Earth causing Northern Lights in the US and is expected to illuminate the skies of southern Britain as well. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured sun emitting a significant solar flare peaking at 1:32pm EST (6:32pm GMT) on 7 January, the first significant flare of 2014. The solar flare sent CME at several hundred miles per second to Earth that is expected to cause strong geomagnetic storm on Earth including the creation of Northern Lights, though the radiation from the flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground. More »

  • Tree Rings Reveal Mystery Radiation Burst Hit Earth 1,200 Years Ago
    Tree Rings Reveal Mystery Radiation Burst Hit Earth 1,200 Years Ago Fri, Jan 3, 2014

    Researchers studying fossilised trees that were growing in the Northern Hemisphere around 775AD have found evidence of an intense burst of radiation but are unsure about its cause. Published in Nature, Fusa Miyake, a cosmic-ray physicist from Nagoya University in Japan, was looking at the radioactive isotope carbon-14 in tree rings formed at this time. The isotope carbon-14 is formed when highly energetic radiation from space hits atoms in the upper atmosphere. This produces neutrons that then collide with nitrogen-14, which decays into the carbon isotope. More »

  • How I busted the Apollo hoax conspiracy - and why we SHOULD fear asteroids
    How I busted the Apollo hoax conspiracy - and why we SHOULD fear asteroids Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    Phil Plait, behind the Bad Astronomy blog reveals the hoaxes - and the real dangers in the skies. More »

  • Solar Flare: Nasa Images Of Powerful Emission
    Solar Flare: Nasa Images Of Powerful Emission Tue, Jun 11, 2013

    Images of a super solar flare emitted by the sun have been released by Nasa. More »

  • Hyperactive Sun Fires Off 3 Major Solar Flares in 1 Day
    Hyperactive Sun Fires Off 3 Major Solar Flares in 1 Day Tue, May 14, 2013

    The sun, it seems, is in overdrive. Late Monday night, the sun unleashed its third major solar flare in 24 hours — the biggest and most powerful solar storm of the year, so far. More »

  • Curiosity Shut Down As Solar Flare Heads To Mars
    Curiosity Shut Down As Solar Flare Heads To Mars Thu, Mar 7, 2013

    Nasa has powered down its Curiosity rover to protect it against a solar flare that is heading towards Mars. More »

  • What solar flares can do - the 1859 'Carrington Event'
    What solar flares can do - the 1859 'Carrington Event' Thu, Feb 7, 2013

    Telegraph wires catching fire, aurora so bright people could read at night - NASA epxlains the 1859 solar storm that is still the worst ever detected. More »

  • Solar Superstorm: UK 'Must Brace For Threat'
    Solar Superstorm: UK 'Must Brace For Threat' Thu, Feb 7, 2013

    Britain must do more to prepare for a once-in-a-century "solar superstorm", according to experts. More »

  • Meet the British people preparing for Doomsday
    Meet the British people preparing for Doomsday Wed, Nov 28, 2012

    Is Apocalypse on its way? Families across Britain are getting ready - burying supplies underground and even learning to enjoy the taste of squirrel and magpie. More »

  • Sun Unleashes Powerful Solar Flare
    Sun Unleashes Powerful Solar Flare Wed, Oct 24, 2012

    A powerful solar flare has been unleashed by the Sun, sending out radiation that caused a radio blackout on earth. More »

  • Dramatic Solar Flare Frozen In Time By Nasa
    Dramatic Solar Flare Frozen In Time By Nasa Sat, Jul 14, 2012

    Nasa scientists have captured images of a dramatic solar flare - a massive release of energy from the Sun. More »

  • Spectacular Solar Flare Erupts From The Sun Tue, Apr 17, 2012

    Nasa has released spectacular images of a powerful solar flare erupting from the sun. More »

  • Amazing video reveals explosive solar activity
    Amazing video reveals explosive solar activity Wed, Mar 14, 2012

    Spectacular footage of tadpole-shaped object bursting out of the Sun’s atmosphere has been creating a buzz. More »

  • Solar Storm Hits - But Earth Spared The Worst
    Solar Storm Hits - But Earth Spared The Worst Fri, Mar 9, 2012

    The largest solar storm to engulf the Earth in five years has so far passed without the damage and disruption feared. More »