Multiple Spacecraft See First Solar X-Flare of 2013 | Video


Published on May 13, 2013

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an X-1.7-class flare on May 13th, 2013 and STEREO-B recorded the ensuing coronal mass ejection. — As an added bonus, a massive prominence erupted from near the southwestern limb of the Sun.


Solar Rain of Fire, in 4k (UHD)


Published on May 2, 2013

This 4k UHD video captures what may be the most spectacular solar event ever witnessed. On July 19, 2012, an eruption occurred on the sun that produced a moderately powerful solar flare and coronal mass ejection. It produced a dazzling magnetic display known as coronal rain. Hot plasma in the corona cooled and condensed along strong magnetic fields that extended out from the solar surface. Charged plasma is forced to move along the lines, showing up brightly in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 304 Angstroms, and outlining the fields as it slowly rains back down onto the solar surface.

The video was uploaded at 3840×2160 UHD resolution. The Youtube player cuts that in half, but you can always download it at full res on your spiffy new 4k screen. Or wait till Apple releases its 4k iTV.

Music by Kevin Macleod (“Decisions”) and DigitalR3public (“Restart”).


Earth-Facing Sun Eruption Will Likely Spark Geomagnetic Storm


Published on Mar 13, 2013

According to NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory team, there is a 65% chance that the coronal mass ejection emitted from this eruption (occurred on March 12, 2013) will hit Earth. High latitude aurora watchers should be on the lookout on March 15.