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Second solar storm hits Earth, auroras expected tonight USA Today - September 12, 2014
"People from Buffalo to Oregon were anticipating a sighting of the colorful aurora borealis Friday night after the second of two solar storms, in the form of a coronal mass ejection (CME) from a solar flare, hit Earth as predicted at midday." Read more...

Big solar storm hitting Earth
CNN - September 12, 2014

"Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events has arrived, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch for Saturday." Read more...

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Flare Features

Will Your Business Survive Without Electricity?
MFRTech - September 9, 2013

"From time to time, the Sun produces flares large enough to damage or destroy electric power equipment. In 1859, electrical energy from a solar flare melted telegraph wires and started some fires. In 2000, a single flare emitted half as much energy as the entire Sun! If that flare had been pointed at Earth, it would have melted all the generators and all the transformers worldwide!" Read more...

Solar magnetic reconnection seen in detail
Physics Today - August 30, 2013

"In the 1960s, a picture emerged in which solar flares are driven by magnetic reconnection, the interaction of oppositely directed field lines in the Sun’s twisted, tangled magnetic field." Read more...

Solar flare? Maybe not. Explaining four different kinds of solar storms.
Christian Science Monitor - August 15, 2013

"Earthlings first took note of the sun's impact on technology in 1859, when a high-energy outburst disrupted telegraph service and lit the night sky with auroras as far south as Hawaii and Cuba." Read more...

Solar Flare poses huge threat
USA Today - June 28, 2013

"This time, though, I'm talking about a different kind of civilizational threat: A solar flare that could wipe out the communications and electrical grids while frying a wide variety of electronics, quickly sending us back to the 19th Century." Read more...

Astronauts face radiation threat on long Mars trip
Aiken Standard/AP - June 1, 2013

"Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much cosmic radiation as they’d get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers reported Thursday." Read more...

Mars-bound astronauts would face huge radiation exposure
Los Angeles Times - May 30, 2013

"Measurements taken by the Mars Curiosity rover indicate that astronauts would endure a greater exposure than had been known, complicating a potential manned mission, a study says." Read more...

NASA IRIS: Improving Our View Of the Sun
NASA - May 29, 2013

"In late June 2013, NASA will launch a new set of eyes to offer the most detailed look ever of the sun’s lower atmosphere, called the interface region. This region is believed to play a crucial role in powering the sun’s dynamic million-degree atmosphere, the corona." Read more...

Researchers Explain Magnetic Field Misbehavior in Solar Flares
Space Daily - May 27, 2013

"When a solar flare filled with charged particles erupts from the sun, its magnetic fields sometime break a widely accepted rule of physics." Read more...

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Turbulence, Solar Flares and Magnetism
Universe Today - May 22, 2013

"What’s more fun than something that misbehaves? When it comes to solar dynamics, we know a lot, but there are many things we don’t yet understand." Read more...

Solar Flares 2013 may prove dangerous for earth in the long term
Northern Voices Online - May 22, 2013

"Though in the short terms, they are not expected to be damaging, but solar flares 2013 may prove dangerous for earth in the long term." Read more...

NASA solar flare video with Lars Leonhard music
Boing Boing - May 21, 2013

"The images come from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and from the ESA/NASA Solar Heliospheric Observatory. The music is by Duesseldorf-based ambient composer Lars Leonhard whose track Thunderbolt was featured in an equally-magificient video of the sun's corona captured by the SDO and released earlier this year." Read more...

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Flare Flashbacks

1859 Carrington Event

Remarkable Effect of the Aurora Upon the Telegraph Wires
The New York Times - September 5, 1859

"The Aurora which occurred on Thursday night produced effects much more remarkable than those of the previous Sunday night. The auroral currents were sufficiently powerful on Thursday to enable the telegraphic operators at Portland to transmit messages to Boston without resorting to the use of the batteries; and similar phenomena were observed at Pittsburgh." Read more...

Magnificent Display on Friday Morning
The New York Times - September 3, 1859

"The exhibition of the Aurora on Thursday night and Friday morning, exceeded in brilliancy that of last Sunday evening..." Read more...

The Aurora Borealis
Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser - September 3, 1859 [Page 2, Column 2]

"The light was greater than that of the moon at its full, but had an indescribable softness and delicacy that seemed to envelope everything upon which it rested." Read more...

The Aurora Borealis, The Brilliant Display on Sunday Night
The New York Times - August 30, 1859

"'I never, in my experience of fifteen years in the working of telegraph lines, witnessed anything like the extraordinary effect of the Aurora completely were the wires under the influence of the Aurora Borealis, it was found utterly impossible to communicate between the telegraph stations, and the line was closed for the night.'" Read more...

A Brilliant Display of the Aurora Borealis
The New York Times - February 21, 1852 [2nd column, a quarter of way down]

"There was a brilliant display of the Aurora Borealis on Thursday evening. The flashes extended to the zenith and covered about one-quarter of the heavens. At first they were pale white, but afterwards changed to a delicate pink color, that we do not remember to have observed before." Read more...

Solar Flare Serves Up Antimatter Surprises
Scientific American - September 5, 2003

"The results of the most detailed study yet of a solar flare, which will be published in the October 1 issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters, indicate that each burst can create up to a pound of antimatter." Read more...

Solar Flares Disrupt World's Radios
The Evening Independent - July 9, 1968

"The biggest and brightest solar flare since 1966 fouled up short-wave radio communications around the world yesterday, the U.S. Space Disturbance Forecast Center reported." Read more...

Skylab Cameras Catch Solar Flare
Toledo Blade - June 16, 1973

"Skylab astronauts photographed a massive explosion on the sun Friday, recording on film the clearest view ever of the powerful burst of energy, light, and radiation spewed into space from a solar flare." Read more...

Deadly Solar Flares Pose Threat to Astronauts While on the Moon
Daytona Beach Morning Journal - July 15, 1969

"When, next Monday morning, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. are to walk on the moon in their bulky space suits, or even when they are inside the paper-thin walls of their moon taxi - the lunar module - they would be defenseless against the radioactive wave, they could sicken or die." Read more...

Plane Crash Held Caused by Sun Spots, Ghost Wave Blamed for Disaster
St. Petersburg Times - Dec. 1, 1938

"A radio 'ghost wave' and a barrage of sunspot energy possibly played sinister parts, scientists said last night, in the loss of an airliner and five of its seven occupants in the Pacific Tuesday morning." Read more...

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