A recent increase in solar flare activity is having a spectacular impact here on Earth, with a series of auroras lighting up the skies over the Arctic circle. For videographers like Chad Blakley of Lightsoverlapland.com, the activity has provided an opportunity too good to miss. Rob Muir reports.
Reuters (Oct. 23, 2013) NASA has plans to launch a lightweight, highly efficient solar sail in 2015 to explore as far as three million kilometres into deep space. The sail, propelled by the Sun's rays, will also be tested ... watch video
Newsy (Sep. 11, 2014) Two solar flares which erupted in our direction this week will arrive this weekend. The resulting solar storm will be powerful but not dangerous.
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NASA (July 15, 2013) Caleb: If you want to look back in time to the beginning of our solar system, look no further than comets and asteroids.
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AP (July 15, 2012) Massive solar flares are contributing to a spectacular light show in the skies above central Minnesota. Time-lapse photography captures and aurora borealis display north of St. ... watch video
Reuters (Sep. 5, 2012) NASA's orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has recorded more spectacular activity in the Sun's atmosphere, with a solar flare whipping half a million miles into space from the surface, and ... watch video
Reuters (Feb. 21, 2013) Images of a spectacular solar flare that leaped off the sun's surface in July last year, have been compiled into a video revealing a rarely seen phenomenon called coronal rain. The compilation was ... watch video
NASA (Nov. 6, 2013) Jane Houston Jones: What's Up for November? MAVEN launches to Mars and Comet ISON should be visible before dawn.
Hello and welcome. I'm Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in ... watch video
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