Coronal Rain

Check Out The Sun’s Coronal Rain

Here’s some pretty incredible footage of an eruption on the Sun that occurred on July 19, 2012, taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. This one came with the works: a solar flare, a coronal mass ejection, and (this is the cool part) coronal rain. The charged plasma just kind of “trickles” down the lines of the magnetic …

Double Solar Eruption, All The Way ‘Cross The Sky!

The Sun unleashed what many are calling a “solar tsunami” on Friday, November 16, 2012, with two massive eruptions occurring within four hours. The action was caught by NASA’s space-bound Solar Dynamics Observatory. Luckily, the eruption wasn’t aimed at Earth, so we shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Yet. The Sun’s activity will reach it’s …

Astronomers Discover First Evidence Of Planet Destroyed By Its Star

In about five billion years, the Sun will eat Planet Earth. Well, not exactly eat. It’s not going to pull up a chair, cook some fava beans and pop open a bottle of chianti or anything. But it will roast us over an open fire, so to speak. While we know the Sun will eventually …

The Sun May Be Surrounded By Dark Matter

Dark matter is theorized to be responsible for a very large portion of the universe’s total mass. The only problem? We can’t see it, and we’re only aware of it due to its gravitational effects on what we can see. Now, using simulated data, scientists at the University of Zürich have developed a new technique …

Even More X-Class Solar Flares? Hold On To Your Butts

Sooner or later, I’ll catch an aurora. Sure, living in the Midwest, that might be a bit difficult. But if the Sun keeps throwing solar fastballs at Earth, you figure eventually we’ll get a light show down here. In fact, I might get the chance sooner than I thought. It’s all courtesy our friend Sunspot …