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Observing the Birkeland currents

When the supersonic solar wind hits the Earth's magnetic field, a powerful electrical connection occurs with Earth's field, generating millions of amperes of current that drive the dazzling auroras. These ...

Oct 06, 2014
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How the sun caused an aurora this week

On the evening of Aug. 20, 2014, the International Space Station was flying past North America when it flew over the dazzling, green blue lights of an aurora. On board, astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this ...

Aug 22, 2014
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Monitoring Solar Activity with SDO

At times, the sun erupts, hurling a magnetic superheated cloud of gas toward Earth. Racing at thousands of miles per second, and hundreds of times bigger than the sun, this cloud of solar particles can cause ...

Aug 07, 2014
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Astrophysicists ask public to rank sunspots

'Sunspots' and 'solar storms' are the feature of an ambitious project being launched internationally by astrophysicists at Trinity College Dublin today. Members of the public will work as part of a global team to better understand ...

Jun 16, 2014
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Carrington-class CME narrowly misses Earth

Last month (April 8-11), scientists, government officials, emergency planners and others converged on Boulder, Colorado, for NOAA's Space Weather Workshop—an annual gathering to discuss the perils and probabilities ...

May 05, 2014
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