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http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/ns...ar-storms.html

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If a solar storm is directed towards Earth, it can wreak havoc on satellite communications and even disrupt electricity power grids. What causes this space weather has remained a mystery but now Jie Zhang and his team from George Mason University in Virginia have found that a phenomenon called a giant magnetic rope can trigger an eruption.
The video is mortifying to watch.
Hide the kids.
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I had to watch a 15 second commercial for a 19 second video? GRRRR.

On topic, that's pretty nifty. Strange how we've been able to observe the sun for such a long time and are still finding out new things about it.
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I had to watch a 15 second commercial for a 19 second video? GRRRR.

On topic, that's pretty nifty. Strange how we've been able to observe the sun for such a long time and are still finding out new things about it.
While I do thinks its nifty that we are finding stuff out about the sun, we haven't been able to look at it for very long at all. Our sun is billions of years old! There is plenty left to study.
    
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Wow thats crazy! So much goin on in the Universe nowadays.
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It's the end of ze world!

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The scale of these things are just.... incredible.

I was reading about this yesterday - this source's video is much better and more impressive.
    
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I had to watch a 15 second commercial for a 19 second video? GRRRR.

On topic, that's pretty nifty. Strange how we've been able to observe the sun for such a long time and are still finding out new things about it.
Why no ABP???
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Nice video by the fairly new spacecraft SDO but this isn't the first time we've known this. There's also a magnetic rope connecting the Sun to the Earth's magnetic field. You can listen to the explanation here: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news...7/11dec_themis
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Why no ABP???
+1 on this, who watches ads nowadays, anyway nice link!!
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Wow thats crazy! So much goin on in the Universe nowadays.
That made me proper lol, it is just TOO blasé.
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