NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
|some general information about solar flares.
|a "feel" for scientific research into the energetic emissions from flares.
|a glance into the future of solar flare research.
|What is a solar flare?
|Why study solar flares?
|What impact do solar flares have on human activities?
|What are hard x-rays?
|Why study solar flares in hard x-rays?
|What does a solar flare look like when seen in hard x-rays?
X-rays from the Sun and other objects in the sky
can only be observed from above the Earth's atmosphere.
Solar flares have been imaged by the Hard
X-ray Telescope on the Yohkoh Satellite.
Space Weather: What Impact Do Solar Flares
Have on Human Activities?
Read "The Mysterious Origins of Solar Flares"
in the April, 2006, issue of Scientific American
Assemble a Paper Model of the RHESSI Spacecraft
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
the knowledge you gain from these pages to solve the
Solar Flare Theory Crossword Puzzle
Answers to Readers' Questions
Other Web sites and some good, old-fashioned books that contain information about the Sun
Several of the web pages in this site contain short video animations in Video for Windows (AVI) and MPEG format. These are best viewed with your video player set to continuously cycle (Auto Repeat) the video.
What is a Solar Flare?
These web pages contain hyperlinks to terms in a solar physics glossary. Choose this link (if your browser supports frames) to view the glossary simultaneously with subsequent pages, starting with "What is a Solar Flare?".
Table of Contents
Pages Posted: September 23, 1996
Last Revised: August 1, 2007