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Sun Unleashes Monster Blast—Biggest in a Year

The sun looks plenty angry, now that it’s at the peak of its 11-year solar cycle. A powerful solar blast uncorked late Monday was the biggest one in more than a year, report space-weather officials. Erupting from an already ...

Aurora Sky Show Hit and Miss

Hopes were high on Thursday night for skies painted with northern lights. But it was more of a hit or miss sky event, depending on where folks looked. Sky-watchers in the continental U.S., where these sky shows are seldom ...

Dung Beetles Use the Sun to Navigate

Call it a new twist on catching some rays: One species of dung beetle uses sunlight to steer its balls of poop, a new study says. The dung beetle Scarabaeus lamarcki can roll poo balls in a straight line, which ...

Comet ISON Barnstorms Sun

The day of reckoning has finally arrived for Comet ISON, as it slingshots around the sun and we find out whether it survives roasting. Comet ISON today reaches its closest point of approach to the sun, its “perihelion,” at around 1:44 ...

Pictures: The Sun’s Recent Flares

The sun appears to be throwing a bit of a tantrum. With three powerful solar flares and a giant cloud of super-hot plasma hurled toward Earth in the past week, it looks as if our home star is awakening from ...

Watch: Sun-Diving Comet and Solar Explosion

A tiny comet’s spectacular death dive into the sun has been captured by cameras aboard NASA’s SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory)  sun-monitoring satellite this week. In the early hours of Tuesday, August 20, a comet estimated to be only ...

Watch: Sun-Diving Comet and Solar Explosion

A tiny comet’s spectacular death dive into the sun has been captured by cameras aboard NASA’s SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory)  sun-monitoring satellite this week. In the early hours of Tuesday, August 20, a comet estimated to be only ...

Sun About To Magnetically Flip

As the sun reaches a crescendo in its 11 year activity cycle this year, it’s also getting ready to go topsy-turvy.  The sun’s global magnetic field is about to reverse—flipping its orientation so that north becomes south and ...

Top 10 Headlines Today: Volcanoes ‘Scream,’ Blackbeard’s Treasure Found…

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Top 10 Headlines Today: Telescopic Contact Lens, Australian Skull Mystery…

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