The Sun's recent increase in activity has made some news lately. On August 1st the entire Earth-facing side of the Sun erupted with activity. Picture this: multiple filaments of magnetism lifting off the stellar surface, large scale shaking of the solar corona, radio bursts, a coronal mass ejection (CME), and more! The solar storm is causing some interesting effects on Earth, including some spectacular aurorae. Check out these videos of the Sun's activity and some of the aurorae captured on video on August 4th in Latvia.
Keep tabs on the Sun's activity, including some fantastic pictures and videos, at NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) website:
Get up-to-date space weather info at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, the page refreshes every 5 minutes:
And get even more info about the Earth-Sun environment at:
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