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Dec 1, 2014 12:55 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
'Raise shields!' may be a familiar defensive order given in the Star Trek Universe, but according to space scientists in our Universe, Planet Earth has its own built-in invisible shield that buffers 'killer electrons' from orbital altitudes.
Oct 25, 2014 04:39 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
There was already a high probability that active region (AR) 2192 was going to erupt with a powerful solar flare, so it came as little surprise when two X-class flares erupted within 24 hours of eachother.
Oct 24, 2014 01:25 PM ET // Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com
Eruptions on the sun's surface are probably caused by giant, unstable magnetic plasma arches, a new study reports — a discovery that brings scientists one step closer to predicting solar outbursts that can wreak havoc on Earth.
Oct 23, 2014 02:41 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Just as the US prepares to watch the partial solar eclipse today, nearly 100 million miles away on the sun a possible solar storm is brewing. Continue reading →
Oct 7, 2014 12:33 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
The question as to where the majority of moon water came from isn't so straightforward -- it was actually 'baked' via reactions with the solar wind. Continue reading →
Sep 26, 2014 10:00 AM ET // Eric Niiler
New research suggests a plasma bubble in the high atmosphere blocked radio communications during a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan, which lead to a deadly US helicopter ambush.
Sep 25, 2014 09:00 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
A huge arc of plasma has been imaged rising from the sun's surface by a NASA solar observatory, producing a beautiful view of the sun's magnetic dynamics in action. Continue reading →
Sep 12, 2014 10:12 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Over the past 24 hours, our planet's global magnetic field has been bombarded by two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and now, as predicted, a "strong" geomagnetic storm is underway. Continue reading →
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