Solar Flares


Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Sun Sends Solar Flares Speeding Toward Earth; Will Hit Thursday [VIDEO]

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 10:15 am

This image of a huge and powerful solar flare was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Tuesday.

The sun ejected two huge solar flares Tuesday, and NASA says that we here on Earth may notice the effects of magnetic fields and ionized gases that it estimates will arrive around 1:25 a.m. ET Thursday. So, if you detect some electronic interference — say, your GPS doesn't work right — blame it on the sun.

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Tue August 9, 2011

Boulder Home to Space Weather Forecasters

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The sun unleashed a powerful solar flare early Tuesday which is the largest in nearly five years. Scientists say the eruption took place on the side of the sun that was not facing earth so there will be little impact to satellites and communication systems. But the likelihood mass disruptions from the sun is a reality that several Boulder institutions face every day as they go about forecasting space weather. KUNC’s Melanie DeVries has more.