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Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth's poles, they also can do the exact opposite: cause regions that are nearly depleted of electrically charged particles. The

NASA Captured Trio of Solar Flares April 2-3

The first solar flare peaked at 4:02 a.m. EDT on April 2, the second peaked at 4:33 p.m. EDT on April 2, and the third peaked at 10:29 a.m. EDT on April 3, according to NASA report. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which

The Sun Has Been Spotless For More Than 15 Days Now

This is the longest stretch of spotlessness since the last solar minimum in April 2010, indicating the solar cycle is marching on toward the next minimum, which scientists predict will occur between 2019—2020. The sun goes through a natural 11-year cycle marked by