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Solar Superstorms of the Past Help NASA Scientists Understand Risks for Satellites


Solar Superstorms of the Past Help NASA Scientists Understand Risks for Satellites At the edge of space, the ever-growing fleet of satellites in low-Earth orbit are locked in a constant, precarious battle with friction. These satellites orbit in a normally quiet region hundreds of miles above the surface, at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. Usually, the satellites only feel a gentle push due to the headwinds of the rarified air there, but extreme storms from the Sun can change Earth’s atmosphere enough to pull a satellite farther off orbit in one day than they’d normally experience in a year.    More



(Source: NASA - Dec 2)

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