Other sunlike stars could be more hospitable to life

Most stars in the Milky Way that resemble our sun are more likely to host planets that support life than our own.

Spiral found round dying star

A completely unexpected spiral structure observed around an ancient star could offer a glimpse of what our own sun has in store.

Why is the sun so round?

We all know the sun is round. But according to astronomers, it's a lot rounder than it ought to be, and now they're trying to work out why.

Discovery could settle dark matter mystery

Swiss astronomers say they've found large amounts of dark matter near the sun, by comparing high-quality simulations with real data.

Saturn's jet streams explained

Scientists believe they've discovered the origins of Saturn's turbulent jet streams, which whip across the planet east and west.

Electric moon pushes the solar wind



A recent study by an international team of astronomers has determined that Earth's moon does indeed have a far-reaching, invisible influence on the Sun's solar wind.

Sun moves too slowly for long-theorized 'bow shock'

Our sun is moving through the Milky Way more slowly than thought, new data from NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite shows.

NASA uses moon as mirror to watch Venus transit sun

Just like human eyes, the Hubble Space Telescope can't observe the sun directly - so NASA scientists plan to study Venus's solar transit in June by using the moon as a mirror.

Last chance to see Venus transit for over 100 years

In a little over a month's time, sky-watchers will have what's likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, seeing Venus pass across the face of the sun.

ESA mission to get closer to sun than ever before

The European Space Agency is to launch a mission  to the sun that will get closer than ever before.

As sun flips polarity, scientists are bemused

The sun is well into a flip in polarity - with its north and south poles swapping places - but the process isn't going as expected, scientists say.

Solar prominence - or UFO?

Is this a picture of a Death Star-type UFO refueling on the surface of the sun? Well, no.

Comet Lovejoy survives close encounter with the sun

To the surprise and delight of astronomers, a comet discovered just two weeks ago as it hurtled towards the sun has skimmed the star and re-emerged the other side.

Fabled Viking 'sunstone' shown to really work

French researchers have backed up the idea that Viking seafarers were able to navigate even on cloudy days by using 'sunstones' with special properties.

NASA preps instruments for Solar Orbiter mission

NASA is currently developing a Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) and Heavy Ion Sensor (HIS). Both instruments will be placed on the European Space Agency’s newly selected Solar Orbiter mission.

Sun and beer - a power combo

Green beer isn't only for St. Patrick's Day anymore. In Atlanta, SweetWater Brewing Company is remaking its brewery to meet growing demand, and a hefty photovoltaic system is part of the project.


NASA video shows Earth engulfed by solar storm

Using data from the STEREO spacecraft, researchers at Southwest Research Institute and the National Solar Observatory have released a video of a coronal mass ejection in 2008 swallowing up the Earth.

Sun blasts out its biggest flare in years

Yesterday morning, the sun unleashed a massive flare, its most powerful in nearly five years.

News International apologizes over stolen reader data

Sun reader data harvested in a hacking attack earlier this month has been posted on Pastebin.

Sun and planets built of different materials

Our sun and its inner planets may not have formed from the same materials, as previously thought, samples returned by NASA’s Genesis mission indicate.