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  • This image from June 20, 2013, at 11:15 p.m. EDT shows the bright light of a solar flare on the left side of the sun and an eruption of solar material shooting through the sun’s atmosphere, called a prominence eruption.

    Sun Emits a Solstice CME

    06.20.13 - On June 20, 2013, at 11:24 p.m., the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth 1-3 days later.

  • The brightness in the lower right corner represent a cloud of solar material bursting off the sun in a coronal mass ejection on June 11, 2013.

    NASA Spacecraft Detect a Mars-Directed CME

    06.12.13 - On June 11, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can affect electronic systems in satellites.

  • M5.9 class flare appears on the lower right of the sun on June 7, 2013.

    The Sun Emits an M5.9 Solar Flare

    06.08.13 - The Solar Dynamics Observatory captures the sun emitting a M5.9 class, a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:49pm on June 7, 2013.

  • This images show a coronal mass ejection, or CME, erupting into space on May 26, 2013.

    Sun Releases Slow CME

    05.26.13 - On May 26, 2013 at 3:24 p.m. EDT, the sun erupted with a non-Earth directed CME traveling at 550 miles per second.

  • NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare on the right side of the sun on May 22, 2013.

    NASA's SDO Observes Mid-level Solar Flare

    05.22.13 - The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, an M7 class, on the morning of May 22, 2013.

  • Aurora as seen in Marquette, Michigan on May 18, 2013.

    Auroras Visible in Continental U.S.

    05.20.13 - Coronal mass ejections that accompanied X-class flares early last week, arrived at Earth over the weekend and sparked a geomagnetic storm and aurora.

  • A combined view from two NASA satellites of the coronal mass ejection that occurred on May 17, 2013, at 5:36 EDT.

    NASA’s STEREO Detects a CME From the Sun

    05.17.13 - On 5:24 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2013, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space.

  • three side-by-side SDO images showing May 12-13 solar flares

    Three X-class Solar Flares in 24 Hours

    05.14.13 - The sun's third significant solar flare in under 24 hours -- and the strongest so far of 2013 -- peaked at 9:11 p.m. EDT on May 13, 2013.

    › Impacts of Strong Flares
  • SDO image of a solar flare on 3 May 2013

    Sun Emits Mid-Level Flare

    05.03.13 - The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on May 3. Large enough flares can disrupt radio signals, but this flare's "blackout" has already subsided.

  • SOHO captured this image of a coronal mass ejection escaping the sun on the morning of April 25, 2013, at 6:00 a.m. EDT.

    The Sun Sends Two CMEs Toward Mercury

    04.25.13 - On the night of April 24 and the morning of April 25, 2013, the sun erupted with two coronal mass ejections (CMEs), solar phenomena that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space.

  • SOHO image of a CME

    Three Solar Eruptions in 2 Days

    04.21.13 - The sun erupted three times over April 20 and 21, sending billions of tons of solar particles into space. The eruptions (called CMEs) were not Earth-directed.

  • Aurora as seen in Keller, Washington on April 14, 2013.

    Spring Fling: Sun Emits a Mid-Level Flare

    04.16.13 - The CME impact on April 13 was weak but it still produced high latitude aurora. The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 3:16 a.m. EDT on April 11, 2013 accompanied by an Earth-directed CME.

  • Aurora, Prudhoe Bay Alaska. March 17, 2013

    Solar Storm Near Earth Caused by Fast CME

    03.17.13 - Friday's fast moving CME has reached Earth and sparked a mild geomagnetic storm. Will higher latitude skies be turned green for St. Patrick's Day?

  • SOHO captured this image of a coronal mass ejection bursting off the left side of the image at 9:25 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2013.

    Sun Spits Out Two CMEs

    03.13.13 - A coronal mass ejection (CME) began at 8:36 p.m. EDT on March 12, 2013, and may pass by three NASA satellites: Spitzer, Kepler and Epoxi. A second CME began at 6:54 a.m. EDT on March 13, 2013 and may pass Earth.

  • Views over time of the CME release by the sun on Feb. 9, 2013.

    Earth-Directed CME Release by Long Duration Solar Flare

    02.09.13 - A Coronal Mass Ejection was released by a long duration solar flare early on February 9, 2013.

  • The second of two CMEs from the evening of Feb. 5, 2013, can be seen bursting away from the sun in the upper left hand side of this image, which was captured SOHO at 11:12pm EST.

    The Sun Produces Two CMEs

    02.07.13 - In the evening of Feb. 5, 2013, the sun erupted with two coronal mass ejections or CMEs that may glance near-Earth space.

  • SOHO captured this image of a CME erupting on the left side of the sun early in the morning of Jan 31, 2013.

    A Coronal Mass Ejection Erupts From the Sun

    01.31.13 - A small, Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejection erupted early this morning.

  • The second of two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) on Jan. 23, 2013.

    Sun Shoots Out 2 Coronal Mass Ejections

    01.24.13 - One of the two slow-moving ejections from Jan. 23 is Earth-directed. In the past, CMEs of this speed have not caused substantial geomagnetic storms.

  • This triptych shows a coronal mass ejection or CME as it burst off of the sun in the morning of Jan. 13, 2013.

    New Sunspots Producing Space Weather

    01.14.13 - On Jan. 13, 2013, at 2:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. The CME left the sun at speeds of 330 miles per second and is expected to impact Earth around Jan. 16.

  • SOHO captured this image of a CME erupting on the left side of the sun, on Nov. 23, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EST

    Continuing Thanksgiving Eruptions On the Sun

    11.24.12 - On Nov. 23, 2012, at 8:54 a.m. EST, the sun released an Earth-directed, slow-moving CME. This is the third Earth-directed CME since Nov. 20.