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When It Comes to Solar Storms, We Don t Even Know How Bad It Might Get

Space weather is not all bad. After all, the charged particles streaming out from the sun that cause geomagnetic disturbances on and around our planet also produce the lovely aurorae near Earth's poles—and sometimes at much lower latitudes.But when the sun really acts up, spewing out heaps of charged particles in a burst called a coronal mass ejection, space weather can get a bit more menacing—and future storms could be even worse than the ones we’ve experienced...

April 18, 2012 — John Matson
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