Historical Sun

January 5, 2016
Carrington's sketch of the white-light flare and the sunspot group.

The Carrington Flare

The first observations of a solar flare On September 1st, 1859, (151 years ago today) a 33 year old astronomer called Richard Carrington, working at an observatory in Surrey, England, went about his daily duties of sketching the peculiar dark […]
October 28, 2015
Massive Solar Flare

X17 Solar Flare and Solar Storm of October 28, 2003

On this day in 2003 (October 28), the Sun unleashed one of the largest and most geoeffective solar storms of the modern age (and consequently, one of the most studied). The eruption was part of what became known as the […]
July 8, 2015
Shuttle Atlantis Launch with CGRO

The Space Shuttle’s Importance to Solar Physics

  With the approaching final launch (scheduled July 8, 2011) of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the end to the 30 plus year Space Shuttle program it is a good time to take a brief fond farewell look at the […]
July 15, 2010
Sunspot region NOAA AR9077

Bastille Day Blast! A Celebratory Solar Flare

On July 14 2000, the sun produced a spectacular show! Sunspot region NOAA AR9077 when it was close to sun center let of a BANG!!! It was what one might call a text book space weather event. First came the flash […]