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We Get A Happy Ending To The Saga Of NASA's Lost Spacecraft STEREO-B

If movies about space have taught us anything, it’s that no one can hear you scream. If you get lost in space, nobody’s going to find you. Unless you’re a spacecraft with a direct link to NASA. Then there is hope for you yet.


NASA's Solar Observatory Freaked Out But Everything's OK Now

After more than a week offline, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory — the sun-watching spacecraft responsible for these close-up images of solar flares, fire and loops — is back. But just what caused it to glitch in the first place?


A Giant Comet Was Just Obliterated By The Sun

Reminding us of our own fragile mortality, a large, bright comet just streaked across the sky and straight into our nearest neighbouring star. You will absolutely believe what happened next because it has happened to you in a nightmare, admit it.


Crashing Into The Sun Is Way Harder Than You Think

Video: Turns out, all those movies about spaceships going just a liiiiittle bit off course and crashing into the sun were filthy, filthy lies. The good people over at Minute Physics explain why most of us couldn’t crash into the sun if we tried.


An Electric Look At A Solar Flare On The Sun

Video: It always makes for a beautiful video whenever the suns lashes out with a solar flare. Here’s one from earlier this month. You can see how electric its movement are — it just whips up and explodes. The footage was captured in different wavelengths and then colour coded so that we can see what’s happening in better detail. In this case, in 4K detail.


This Model Of The Sun's Magnetic Field Is Beautiful Insanity

A team of scientists has created a new, high-resolution model of the complex magnetic activity on the surface of the Sun. The result is as spellbinding as it is terrifying. Gaze into the roiling ball of plasma that supports everything you hold dear, and feel your sanity slip away.


A Nightmarish Timeline Of Earth's Fate After A Massive Solar Flare

At first, things could actually be rather beautiful: worldwide auroras! A brighter sun! But then things would rapidly get ugly, with the breakdown of communications, rolling power outages, and a burning away of the ozone.


The Vernal Equinox Isn't What You Think It Is

Video: Yesterday was the vernal equinox, or the autumnal equinox for those of us in the southern hemisphere. You might think that it’s simply the mid-point between each solstice, but that’s not exactly correct. Joe Hanson, host of It’s OK to be Smart, explains.


What Are These Strange Bright Spots On The Sun?

Image Cache: From our perch here on Earth, the sun seems pretty uniform from day to day. But a closer look in this new magnetic map reveals that it’s teeming with activity — and with some intriguing bright spots.


Glorious Ultra Clear Video Shows One Entire Year Of The Sun

Video: This is what the sun looks like over the course of a year. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the Sun and all of its fiery grace from 1 January 2015 to 28 January 2016. That beautiful burning orb looks unbelievable in this amount of detail.


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