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What Would Happen If A Massive Comet Struck The Sun?

Humans, dark and disturbed creatures that we are, love to imagine what would happen if a massive comet struck the Earth. But what if a giant ice rock flung itself into the Sun? A team of astronomers did the maths to figure out what would happen.


This Is The Other Side Of The Sun

Usually you hear people talking about the other side of the moon — but what about the sun? Our orbit around the star means one side is out of view, but NASA’s Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory Ahead spacecraft has been collecting images of the side we can’t see right now.


Astronaut Scott Kelly Had The Best View Of Last Night's Bonkers Aurora

An ultra-rare, ultra-gigantic geomagnetic storm last night had people seeing Northern Lights as far south as Georgia. But from his perch at the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly captured pretty much the most amazing aurora borealis shots ever.


The Sun's Light Is Way Older Than You Think

You probably know that it takes about eight minutes for light travel from the surface of the sun to our humble planet. But sunlight is far older than that — in fact, it’s thousands of years old.


The Sun Celebrated Cinco De Mayo With This Beautiful Solar Flare

If you’re gonna celebrate, do it in style. Well, the sun did to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, spewing out this gorgeous solar flare that’s captured here in a variety of different wavelengths.


New Images Reveal The Dark Inner Workings Of Sunspots

A series of new images captured by researchers provide the first-ever detailed view of the dark central patches of sunspots — revealing with more detail than ever how they work.


When Gas Erupts Out Of The Sun, It's Like A Mountain Range Made Of Fire

This picture shows a massive solar filament that’s made of burning gas. Astrophotographer Göran Strand took this yesterday with his solar telescope, and added in the scale of the distance between Earth and the moon to give you an idea of how goddamn enormous this thing was.


This Timelapse Of The Sun Is Just Jaw Dropping

Michael König’s Sun is a spectacular timelapse compilation of our star from the Solar Dynamics Observatory from 2011 to 2015. It includes fantastic clips of solar activity, coronal rain, plasma eruptions, planet flybys, eclipses and more in jaw dropping clarity that you feel like it’s alive, in an omnipotent God-like burning orb sort of way.


This Sunset Makes It Look Like The Apocalypse Is Here

Video: Welcome to our post-apocalyptic world. You can find the last remaining civilisation in San Francisco. Or something like that. It’s startling how much this simple time lapse of a San Francisco sunset makes it look like nuclear bombs have gone off and destroyed everything we know. But, nope, just a normal sunset in the bay.


The Solar Eclipse In 22 Stellar Photos

This morning, a total solar eclipse was visible from the Faeroe Islands and Svalbard, Norway, and a partial solar eclipse from many parts of Europe, Northern Africa and Northern Asia. These stellar photos shows the astronomical event that darkened the skies.


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