Unexpected Solar Wind Stream Hits Earth at 372 Miles Per Second

Unexpected Solar Wind Stream Hits Earth at 372 Miles Per Second

On Sunday, Earth’s magnetic field was pelted by a solar wind stream reaching velocities of more than 600 kilometers (372 miles) per second. While that’s nothing too alarming – solar storms often pummel our planet triggering spectacular auroras – what is weird is that this storm was totally unexpected. “This event was not in the … Read more

Astronomers Have Identified The Most Powerful Pulsar Yet in a Distant Galaxy

Astronomers Have Identified The Most Powerful Pulsar Yet in a Distant Galaxy

Neutron stars are dense remnants of large stars. They are the collapsed cores of stars formed during a supernova explosion. While we know generally how they form, we are still learning how they evolve, particularly when they are young. But that’s starting to change thanks to large sky surveys, which have allowed astronomers to observe … Read more

Giant ‘Cannibal’ Solar Eruption Streaking Towards Earth May Light Up The Skies

Giant ‘Cannibal’ Solar Eruption Streaking Towards Earth May Light Up The Skies

The dazzling northern lights could light up the skies as far south as the northern United States after the detection of 17 solar eruptions blasting from a single sunspot, two of which are headed straight to Earth. The two Earth-directed eruptions have merged into a “cannibal coronal mass ejection” and are barreling toward us at … Read more