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Many in US May Glimpse
Northern Lights This Weekend
Oct 30, 2021 7:30 AM CDT
Many in US May Glimpse Northern Lights This Weekend
Thanks to solar flare, aurora borealis may be visible in northern parts of the country, if all factors align
- The bad news: A solar flare is about to slam into the Earth. The good news: Parts of the US may get quite the sky show because of it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a level G3 (i.e., strong) "geomagnetic...
No Promises, but
Aurora Borealis May Be
Heading Our Way
Dec 10, 2020 6:18 AM CST
No Promises, but Aurora Borealis May Be Heading Our Way
Unpredictable sky show may appear in skies over northern United States on Thursday
- The sun had a somewhat volatile week, and as a result, parts of the northern United States may get a rare sky show Thursday night . Per
and AccuWeather , a solar flare burst out of the sun on Monday, producing a coronal mass ejection (CME)—a ball of plasma...
Bank Warns of
Worse Than Pandemic
in case you missed it
Jun 21, 2020 7:30 AM CDT
Bank Warns of Potential Disasters Worse Than Pandemic
Deutsche Bank says there is a 1 in 3 chance of a worse catastrophe in the next decade
- Financial markets are starting to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic amid promising signs from world economies—but Deutsche Bank doesn't pay its analysts to be optimists. In a report issued Tuesday, those analysts warned that there is a one-in-three chance of an event even more devastating than the pandemic...
Why 4K Mines Exploded
for No Apparent Reason
Nov 18, 2018 4:40 PM CST
Why 4K Mines Exploded for No Apparent Reason
A new paper looks millions of miles away
- A new paper says dozens—and by one account about four thousand—US mines exploded during the Vietnam war for a pretty strange reason, Atlas Obscura reports. Published in Space Weather , the paper concludes that a 1972 solar storm triggered the mines: "I was completely taken aback" by the...
One-Two Punch From the
Sun Knocks Out Radios
Sep 7, 2017 8:44 AM CDT
One-Two Punch From the Sun Knocks Out Radios
X9-level solar flare was preceded by weaker one on Wednesday
- In what one space scientist says is "just part of living with a star," two solar events rocked the cosmos Wednesday, one of them strong enough to knock out radio communications for up to an hour.
reports on a pair of X-class solar flares (the most...
The Sun Nearly Caused
Nuclear War in 1967
Aug 11, 2016 4:18 PM CDT
The Sun Nearly Caused Nuclear War in 1967
Solar flares made it seem like the USSR was jamming US radars
- The sun was nearly responsible for the Cold War going nuclear 50 years ago, according to a study released this week. On May 23, 1967, three US Ballistic Missile Early Warning System radar sites seemed to be jammed. CBS News reports it appeared to the US Air Force, which was...
White House Preparing for
Catastrophic Solar Flares
Oct 30, 2015 5:23 PM CDT
White House Preparing for Catastrophic Solar Flares
'This is a real and present danger'
- If a giant solar flare hit the Earth, it could knock out the entire power grid, meaning no more new Justin Bieber singles, no more televised presidential debates, and no more Facebook photos of babies. But it wouldn't be all good news. The
reports the electromagnetic pulse—...
by Huge Sunspot
Nov 3, 2014 6:00 PM CST
Scientists Puzzled by Huge Sunspot
Magnetic burst deemed 'too complicated for us' to grasp
- Scientists scratched their heads this week over a massive sunspot, partly because it posed no threat to human civilization. The burst of solar magnetic activity, one of the biggest on record, whipped up powerful flares but didn't spew coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that can bring down Earth's power...
Solar Storm Headed Our Way
Sep 11, 2014 3:50 PM CDT
Solar Storm Headed Our Way
It's relatively big, but no major problems expected for power grid
- If by chance your GPS is acting a little weird tomorrow or Saturday, this might be why: A relatively big solar storm is coming our way, reports
. Scientists say no major disruptions in the power grid are expected, but satellite operators are on alert. The sun unleashed a...
2012 Solar Blast
Nearly Sent Earth
to Stone Age
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jul 27, 2014 6:55 AM CDT
2012 Solar Blast Nearly Sent Earth to Stone Age
We almost lost electricity, GPS, running water, at least for a while
- Imagine life without electricity or running water, and you'll understand what nearly befell our planet two years ago. Scientists say that on July 23, 2012, the sun belched its biggest solar flare in more than 150 years and barely missed us, CBS News reports. A week earlier and the...
Spectacular Solar Storm
Sep 6, 2012 5:21 AM CDT
NASA Captures Spectacular Solar Storm
Huge flare could have swallowed several Earths
- The sun spat out a solar flare big enough to swallow the Earth several times over last week and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the amazing sight. The filament, resembling a massive "solar whip," was ejected at 900 miles per second during the sun's eruption. NASA...
Solar Storm Tomorrow:
Scientists Not Worried
Jul 13, 2012 4:44 PM CDT
Solar Storm Tomorrow: Scientists Not Worried
No grid disruptions are expected
- Another solar storm is hurtling toward Earth and will collide with our planet's magnetic field beginning tomorrow morning and lasting into Sunday. But don't fret, say scientists. The event is minor, and "we don't see any ill effects to any systems," says a space forecaster....
In Time for the 4th:
Jul 3, 2012 3:48 AM CDT
In Time for the 4th: Solar Fireworks?
Electrically charged particle belch could light up sky
- The most intriguing fireworks tomorrow may already have been sparked 93 million miles from Earth. The sun yesterday belched out a major a M5.6-class solar flare—extremely close in power to a maximum X-class flare, notes Discovery . The flare from the large sunspot known as AR1515 produced waves of...
Massive Sun Blast
Apr 18, 2012 6:32 AM CDT
NASA Captures Massive Sun Blast
Huge solar explosion will affect spacecraft but not Earth
- A blast of super-heated plasma big enough to scorch dozens of Earths erupted from the sun yesterday, providing NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory with stunning images. The coronal mass ejection, which followed a solar flare, was not aimed toward Earth, but two NASA spacecraft—including the Spitzer Space Telescope—will...
Huge Solar Flare Erupts on Sun
Mar 7, 2012 8:28 AM CST
Huge Solar Flare Erupts on Sun
Huge explosion has potential to disrupt communication across Earth
- The sun blasted out a massive solar flare last night, one that could have the potential to cause blackouts and other problems here on Earth, the
reports. The flare was an X5-class, the strongest category of flare, and, according to NOAA, "one of the largest solar flares...
Mar 1, 2012 4:38 AM CST
Scientists Warn of 'Catastrophic' Solar Storm
1 in 8 chance of destructive megaflare by 2020
- Prepare yourself for yet another potential disaster. Scientists are warning that we face a one-in-eight chance of a massive "catastrophic" solar storm by the year 2020. A colossal "megaflare" from the surface of the sun could cause trillions of dollars in damage to electrical systems, and could take...
Vast Solar Storm
Jan 24, 2012 7:43 AM CST
Vast Solar Storm Flings Plasma Toward Earth
Some flights grounded as a precaution
- A stream of charged plasma is headed toward Earth today, thanks to the biggest solar storm since 2005. The storm poses a small, manageable threat to satellites, power grids, and other high-tech hardware, and could cause some spectacular displays of light and color, the
reports. The National Oceanic...
Solar Flare May Trigger
Light Show Tonight
Jan 21, 2012 12:04 PM CST
Solar Flare May Trigger Light Show Tonight
Expect some nice views of the northern lights in higher latitudes
- It might pay to glance up at the sky late tonight. A solar flare that erupted from the sun on Thursday is sending a blob of charged gas toward Earth that could make for some dazzling displays of the northern lights, reports Space.com . (The higher latitudes, such as Alaska,...
Scientists Discover Way
to Predict Sunspots
Aug 19, 2011 5:45 PM CDT
Scientists Discover Way to Predict Sunspots
Researchers say they can provide 48 hours warning
- Maybe we'll eventually be able to cross off solar flares as a possible way the world ends. Scientists at Stanford say they've developed a system to predict dangerous sunspots two days before they erupt, reports the
San Francisco Chronicle
. Using satellite data, they can detect the rumblings of...
Jun 8, 2011 10:44 AM CDT
Dramatic Solar Flare Could Mess With Things
It unleashed biggest firestorm of radiation in 5 years
- The sun let loose a fiery explosion yesterday that could mess with GPS and communication satellites, power grids, and more, the National Weather Service warned today. “This one was rather dramatic,” an official from the NWS’ Space Weather Prediction Center tells the
. "We saw the initial...
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