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The Sun appears to shine at a constant rate. However, its magnetic field is actually constantly changing, and this affects energy output. These variations cause effects that extend throughout the solar system. This...
Solar Wind's Effect on Earth
The Sun produces 'solar wind', a continuous flow of charged particles that can affect us on Earth. It may also release huge storms of charged particles, called coronal mass ejections, that can disrupt communications,...
Tectonic Plates and Plate Boundaries
Continents were once thought to be static, locked tight in their positions in Earth's crust. Similarities between distant coastlines, such as those on opposite sides of the Atlantic, were thought to be the work of a...
Total Solar Eclipse Animation
Solar eclipses result from the alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth. Total solar eclipses, in which the Sun is completely blocked by the Moon, are a spectacular and rare sight to witness. This animation, adapted from a...
Mount St. Helens: Before and After
When Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, the top 400 meters (1,300 feet) of the volcano disappeared in a blast that covered more than 390 square kilometers (150 square miles) and sent thousands of tons of ash into...
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