February 1, 2013

Solar Storm of a Lifetime: How to Prepare

Ethan Siegel, ScienceBlogs


AP Photo

Imagine a beautiful, clear day. The Sun is shining, the skies are clear, and you couldn’t ask for a nicer day.

All of a sudden, the Sun itself appears to brighten, just for a brief amount of time, like it released an extra burst of energy. That night, some 17 hours later, the most spectacular auroral display ever brightens the night in a way you never imagined.

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TAGGED: Electronics, Electromagnetism, Aurora, Solar Storm