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A mysterious 'Rosetta Stone' explosion reveals a missing link behind solar eruptions

The failed portion of a solar eruption on March 13, 2016. NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory Scientists recently examined a solar eruption from 2016 that seemed to defy categorization. They named it the "Rosetta Stone" since it connected three different types of eruptions. Their research now suggests that all three forms of solar eruptions may have the same origin. See more stories on Insider's business page. When the sun isn't sleeping, it's bursting with activity - including gia...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Atlantic, Jet, Coronal Mass Ejection, Mason, Rosetta Stone, American Astronomical Society, Goddard Space Flight Center, ESA NASA, Universities Space Research Association, Solar Flares, Solar Storms

Scientists spotted a 'space hurricane' swirling above the magnetic north pole. It was raining charged solar particles.

An illustration of a space hurricane above the North Pole. Qing-He Zhang/Shandong University Scientists confirmed in a new study that they spotted the first-ever space hurricane in August 2014. The storm swirled 125 miles above the magnetic north pole. Instead of dropping water, the space hurricane rained electrons — which can wreak havoc on satellites. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Typical hurricanes are easy to spot in satellite imagery: Swirling clouds surround...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Hurricane, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Nature Communications, University of Reading, Lockwood, Michael Lockwood, Aylin Woodward, Solar Storms

An eruption on the sun didn't bring the aurora to Pennsylvania or Oregon this week, but more solar outbursts are expected soon

The sun blows out a coronal mass ejection, February 24, 2015. NASA/GSFC An eruption on the sun's surface sent plasma and charged particles speeding towards Earth this week. Forecasts suggested that this coronal mass ejection would reach our planet late Wednesday as a solar storm that could interfere with radio, GPS, and power grids. The aurora borealis could have appeared from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon as solar particles interacted with the atmosphere. But the solar storm's magnetic f...
Tags: National Weather Service, UK, Science, News, Oregon, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Pennsylvania, Maine, International Space Station, Iowa, Sun, European Space Agency, Michigan

A huge eruption on the sun could interfere with power grids and GPS this week. The aurora may appear from Pennsylvania to Oregon.

The sun blows out a coronal mass ejection, February 24, 2015. NASA/GSFC An eruption on the sun's surface has sent plasma and charged particles speeding towards Earth. That coronal mass ejection is forecast to reach our planet late Wednesday as a solar storm that could interfere with radio, GPS, and power grids. The aurora borealis could appear from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon as solar particles interact with the atmosphere. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Across the ...
Tags: National Weather Service, UK, Science, News, Oregon, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Canada, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Sun, European Space Agency, Quebec, Nws

The aurora borealis didn't cause the Titanic's crash, contrary to a new theory — but it may have affected rescue efforts

A sketch, made by marine artist Willy Stoewer, depicts the Titanic disaster. Bettmann/Getty Images Witnesses saw a bright, long-lasting aurora the night the Titanic sank. A new theory suggests that aurora came from a powerful solar storm, which could have interfered with compasses and contributed to the Titanic's crash. But there was only a small burst of solar storm-like activity that night, so it's probably not the culprit. However, the solar storm could have interfered with radio commun...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Sun, European Space Agency, Titanic, Magnetic Field, Aurora Borealis, Quebec, Spacecraft, Solar Wind, UTC, Royal Meteorological Society

Map Shows Where the U.S. Power Grid Would Be Hit Worst by a Solar Storm

A new map shows just how vulnerable some parts of the United States’ power grid might be to the impacts of a strong solar storm.Read more...
Tags: Science, United States, Earth Science, Usgs, Power Grid, US Geological Survey, Solar Storms, Geomagnetism

NASA wants to launch a set of six mini spacecraft to observe the sun

They'll observe how solar storms form using radio imaging
Tags: News, Trends, Nasa, Sun, Sunrise, Emerging Tech, Solar Storms, Solar Missions

Solar Storms Could Confuse Whales and Cause Mass Strandings

Gray whales seem to strand themselves more often during solar storms, according to a new study.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, The Sun, Whales, Magnetoreception, Sunspots, Solar Storms

Ancient Assyrian Tablets Seem to Contain References to a Massive Solar Storm

Scientists report that they may have found the earliest written record of a solar storm in ancient Assyrian tablets.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Aurora Borealis, Aurora, Assyria, Solar Storms, Ancient Astronomy

Traces of Giant, 2,700-Year-Old Solar Storm Detected in Greenland Ice

Evidence of an unusually strong solar storm that hit Earth in 660 BCE has been detected in Greenland ice cores—a finding which shows we still have lots to learn about these disruptive events.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Sun, Greenland, BCE, Space Weather, Solar Storms, Ice Cores, Carrington Events

A Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Dozens of U.S. Sea Mines During the Vietnam War

An analysis of recently declassified U.S. military documents confirms suspicions that, during the late stages of the Vietnam War, a powerful solar storm caused dozens of sea mines to explode. It’s a stark reminder of the Sun’s potential to disrupt our technological activities in unexpected ways.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, The Sun, Space Weather, Solar Storms, Geomagnetic Storms, Spontaneous Combustions

Severe solar storms could stop self-driving cars dead in their tracks

Self-driving cars that rely on satellite data may be subject to the effects of solar storms, meteorologists are warning. Disruptions in GPS communications could cause many autonomous vehicles to pull over and stop. The post Severe solar storms could stop self-driving cars dead in their tracks appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Noaa, Self-driving, Driverless, Emerging Tech, Solar Storms

Are solar storms causing whales to beach themselves?

A new study in the International Journal of Astrobiology posits that beached whales may sometimes be influenced by solar storms. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Biology, Nature, Sun, Whales, Whale, Astrobiology, Solar Storms, International Journal of Astrobiology

Huge Solar Flare Disrupts GPS Satellites

The Sun’s impact on weather here on Earth is clear: It makes it hot or cold, it powers air currents, it causes water to evaporate making rain, et cetera. But with our increasing reliance on satellites and electronics, you can’t forget its more insidious effects—and some satellites got a taste of those yesterday.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, The Sun, Sun, Astrophysics, Space Weather, Solar Flares, Solar Storms

Proposed Trump Budget Would Kill Program That Monitors Debilitating Solar Storms

The idea that a huge solar storm could wreak havoc here on Earth isn’t just a sci-fi plot, it’s a situation that countries and power grids around the world actively prepare for. But the Trump Administration’s latest 2017 budget proposal would completely eliminate the program that keeps the continental US under 24/7…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, US, Nasa, Earth, The Budget, Trump Administration, Power Grids, Space Weather, Solar Storms, Electrical Storms, Proposed Trump Budget

NASA Is Finally Sending a Mission to Touch the Sun

We could learn more about how to predict solar storms
Tags: Space, News, Uncategorized, Nasa, Sun, Solar Wind, Onetime, Solar Storms, Solar Probe Plus

Solar Storms Are Doing Something Weird to Our Atmosphere

Every once in a while our Sun gives off a tremendous belch of high energy particles. Called a coronal mass ejection (CME), these episodes can vary in intensity, but they can produce bursts of electrical charge when they interact with our upper atmosphere in a geomagnetic storm. In a strange twist, new research shows…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Space Weather, Where Have All The Electrons Gone, Solar Storms, Coronal Mass Ejections