The northern lights are nature’s very own magnificent light show. They are the mesmerizing end result of electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. 646 more words
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A long-standing mystery among marine biologists is why otherwise healthy whales, dolphins, and porpoises — collectively known as cetaceans — end up getting stranded along coastal areas worldwide. 748 more words
The dynamic space environment that surrounds Earth – the space our astronauts and spacecraft travel through – can be rattled by huge solar eruptions from the sun, which spew giant clouds of magnetic energy and plasma, a hot gas of electrically charged particles, out into space. 520 more words
This is a “coronal hole” (CH)–a region where the sun’s magnetic field opens up and allows solar wind to escape. Material is flowing from this coronal hole at speeds exceeding 650 km/s (1.5 million mph). 120 more words
Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UCL/W.Dunn et al, Optical: NASA/STScI
In case you thought Jupiter couldn’t get any cooler, a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research has laid out evidence that solar storms are causing Jupiter’s auroras (think the Northern Lights, the Southern Lights, or… 434 more words
Space Weather Message Code: ALTEF3 Serial Number: 2336 Issue Time: 2016 Mar 16 1322 UTC ALERT: Electron 2MeV Integral Flux exceeded 1000pfu Threshold Reached: 2016 Mar 16 1300 UTC Station: GOES13 NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation Potential Impacts: Satellite systems may experience significant charging resulting in increased risk to satellite systems.