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A large solar storm could knock out the power grid and the internet — an electrical engineer explains how

Home News Science & Astronomy Typical amounts of solar particles hitting the earth’s magnetosphere can be beautiful, but too much could be catastrophic. (Image credit: Svein-Magne Tunli – tunliweb.no/Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.David Wallace, Assistant Clinical Professor of Electrical Engineering,…

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Solar storms can destroy satellites with ease — a space weather expert explains the science

Home News Science & Astronomy The sun occasionally ejects large amounts of energy and particles into space that can smash into Earth. (Image credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO via WikimediaCommons) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.On Feb. 4, 2022, SpaceX launched 49 satellites as part of Elon…

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Solar Orbiter spacecraft takes its closest look at the sun

Home News Science & Astronomy The European Solar Orbiter spacecraft is taking the closest ever image of the sun. (Image credit: European Space Agency) The Solar Orbiter spacecraft will make its closest approach to the sun on Saturday (March 26), passing at about one third of the sun-Earth distance. And we can expect some fabulous…

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Solar Orbiter

ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission will face the sun from within the orbit of Mercury at its closest approach. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab Solar Orbiter’s latest images shows the full sun in unprecedented detail. They were taken on 7 March, when the spacecraft was crossing directly between the Earth and sun. One of the images, taken by…

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25 weird and wild solar system facts

Home Countdowns Science & Astronomy There are so many interesting solar system facts, here are some of our favorites. (Image credit: PeteDraper via Getty Images) With so many interesting solar system facts, we’ve narrowed them down to 25 of our favorites. Our solar system consists of the sun and everything that orbits that sun, like the…

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Solar Orbiter spacecraft captures huge eruption on the sun (video)

Home News Science & Astronomy The Solar Orbiter spacecraft made a milestone observation in space as it captured a huge solar prominence, or eruption.It’s the largest such event ever observed in a single image along with the full solar disk and will add to the joint NASA-European mission to better understand solar activity, mission officials…

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Solar geomagnetic storms could threaten more satellites after Elon Musk’s Starlink

Home News An artist’s illustration of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites in orbit.t (Image credit: SpaceX) Elon Musk’s SpaceX will lose 40 Starlink satellites to a geomagnetic storm as solar activity ramps up. But does this spell disaster for the future of satellites in space? On Tuesday (Feb. 8), SpaceX revealed that likely 40 of its 49…

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How to Start a Solar Farm

The solar farm industry set new records for capacity in 2021. Solar farms were growing faster than other sources of energy, including wind farms and natural gas projects. In 2020, the solar industry was the number one type of new utility.The cost of installing solar panels has been steadily decreasing, as technology catches up to…

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Powerful solar flare from recent sun eruption should reach Earth Wednesday

Home News Science & Astronomy A CME erupted on Jan. 30, 2022 and is set to arrive at Earth on Feb. 2, 2022.  (Image credit: SOHO)A powerful solar flare has been traveling through space and it will arrive at planet Earth Wednesday (Feb. 2). In the early hours of Saturday morning (Jan. 30), a coronal mass…

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EU wind and solar push not enough to limit global warming as coal use remains stubborn

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