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Cloudy With a Chance of Catastrophe: Predicting the Weather in Space

3 years agoOdd : mental_floss

Image credit: NASA In 1859, while observing sunspots, a young astronomer named Richard Carrington recorded a geomagnetic storm so powerful, the electrical currents it sent to Earth were enough to keep the newly invented telegraph operating without a battery. Centuries later, though humans have sent robots to Mars and even strong-armed a couple engineers into [...]
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Feature: 1859's "Great Auroral Storm"—the week the Sun touched the earth

Technology / Technology Industry News : Ars Technica (3 years ago)

Noon approached on September 1, 1859, and British astronomer Richard Christopher Carrington was busy with his favorite pastime: tracking sunspots, those huge regions of the star darkened by shifts in its magnetic field. He projected... Read Post

See the Stormy Sun That Produced Yesterday’s Geomagnetic Disturbance [Video]

Academics / General Science : 60-Second Science (3 years ago)

A “strong to severe” geomagnetic storm hit Earth yesterday, NASA says, after the sun unleashed a burst of plasma from a turbulent region two days prior. The region, known as sunspot 1302, has sent forth a few blasts of energy called... Read Post

150th Anniversary Of Solar Carrington Event

Odd : FuturePundit (5 years ago)

Named after English astronomer Richard Carrington, the solar eruption of September 2, 1859 caused such an intense geomagnetic event that telegraph lines operated from currents induced by geomagnetism. Such an... Read Post

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