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Space Weather Tracking From The Ground
2014-04-24 06:22:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online How do you measure the effects of space weather on Earth-bound electronics? According to NASA heliophysicist Antti Pulkkinen, with high-voltage power transmission lines and iPads. Pulkkinen, of NASA's Goddard Flight Center, is launching a one-to-two year pilot project this summer by installing scientific substations beneath high-voltage power transmission lines operated by Virginia's Dominion Virginia Power. These substations will...

Recalling The 2003 Nightmare Halloween Magnetic Storm
2013-10-30 08:32:39

[ Watch the Video: Is There Space Weather In Store For Trick-Or-Treaters? ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As Halloween approaches, most people are thinking about costume parties, tricks and treats, haunted hayrides and perhaps a rogue werewolf running amok. But for scientists, this October 31 may provide a scare much different from what most kids get when they go Trick-or-Treating this All Hallow's Eve. The NOAA/NWS Space Weather Prediction Center on...

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2010-10-27 06:15:00

Every hundred years or so, a solar storm comes along so potent it fills the skies of Earth with blood-red auroras, makes compass needles point in the wrong direction, and sends electric currents coursing through the planet's topsoil. The most famous such storm, the Carrington Event of 1859, actually shocked telegraph operators and set some of their offices on fire. A 2008 report by the National Academy of Sciences warns that if such a storm occurred today, we could experience widespread power...

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2010-04-14 06:30:00

Changes in the space environment caused by the Sun can lead to periods of bad "space weather". As well as driving intense displays of the northern lights (or aurora borealis), this can generate unexpected currents in electricity distribution grids that could lead to blackouts and damage to valuable infrastructure with potentially high cost to the global economy. Now a team of British scientists at Lancaster University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh have developed a new...

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2008-07-02 14:05:00

When you flip a light switch to illuminate the pages of your favorite book or reach into your refrigerator for that last piece of key lime pie, you expect the electric current coursing through the outlets to power everything from your lights to your nifty new big-screen television. When the power goes out, it can be more than just an inconvenience. NASA's Solar Shield experiment explores how timely space weather forecasts can help power companies keep the power flowing to the many appliances...


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