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  • 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.

  • On Aug. 31, 2012, a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere erupted into space. This image won second in Wikimedia Commons' Picture of the Year 2012.

    SDO Image is Second in Wikimedia Contest

    03.05.13 - A blended SDO image of an erupting solar filament earned second place in Wikimedia Commons’ “Picture of the Year 2012” contest.

  • Active Region 1678 has grown quickly over a 2 day period, Feb. 19-20, 2013.

    SDO Observes Fast-Growing Sunspot

    02.20.13 - Over the course of Feb. 19-20, 2013, scientist watched a giant sunspot form in under 48 hours.

  • 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.

  • Craig Tooley sits next to a model of the spacecraft tucked into their launch rocket and a television showing the orbit of MMS as it travels through Earth's magnetic fields.

    NASA Heliophysics Missions On Display at Aerospace@Annapolis

    02.06.13 - NASA Goddard scientists headed to Annapolis on Feb. 1, 2013, for Aerospace@Annapolis, an annual overview of the aerospace industry held for the benefit of Maryland state lawmakers.

  • 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.

  • Phillip Chamberlin

    Our Eruptive Sun: Free Lecture at NASA Goddard

    01.30.13 - The public is invited to a free event on Feb. 13 to experience 'Our Eruptive Sun: The Causes and Consequences of Space Weather,' by Dr. Phillip Chamberlin, Research Astrophysicist in the Solar Physics Laboratory at Goddard.

  • 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.

  • A gracefully solar eruption as seen by SDO on Dec. 31, 2012.

    Solar Ballet on the Sun

    01.03.13 - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this solar eruption on Dec. 31, 2012, as it rises and falls with the grace and polished movement of a ballet dancer.

  • 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.

  • Thanksgiving CME

    NASA Spacecraft Observe a Thanksgiving CME

    11.22.12 - On Nov. 21, 2012, at 11:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME