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Feb 25, 2014 05:00 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
As the recent X4.9-class flare ripped across the surface of the sun, a fleet of solar observatories were ready to measure its impact.
Nov 22, 2013 08:43 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Although Comet ISON appears to be holding its own against the increasing solar heat, the large mass of ice isn't getting away unscathed -- one or more large icy chunks appear to have broken away from the comet's nucleus. Continue reading →
Oct 25, 2013 01:40 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
After a recent period of unrest, the sun has re-established what it means to be a star experiencing solar maximum -- it fired off not one, but two of the most powerful class of solar flares in quick succession. Continue reading →
Sep 17, 2013 07:54 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Noticed a lack of sun-centric headlines? Been wondering when the last solar flare was? You're not alone! Continue reading →
Aug 7, 2013 01:09 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Every 11 years or so, the sun does something quite profound -- its magnetic field completely swaps polarity. That time has come. Continue reading →
Jul 25, 2013 04:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
The first super-detailed images have been captured by NASA's brand new solar observatory -- and it's already turning up some surprises. Continue reading →
Jul 11, 2013 01:35 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Two solar observatories have joined forces to witness a rare phenomenon: a solar tsunami. Continue reading →
Jun 26, 2013 09:10 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
A small satellite is about to tackle one of the biggest unanswered questions in astrophysics: Why is the sun's atmosphere so hot? Continue reading →
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