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Space Weather: What Are the Impacts? (Video)

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In 1989, a powerful storm triggered a major power blackout in Canada that left 6 million people without electricity for 9 hours. That storm came from space. Watch this video to learn about the impacts of space weather - https://youtu.be/gN3aP6Vr6H8

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In 1989, a powerful storm triggered a major power blackout in Canada that left 6 million people without electricity for 9 hours. That storm came from space. Watch this video to learn about the impacts of #spaceweather - https://youtu.be/gN3aP6Vr6H8

 

Aurora Colors

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While the aurora borealis is usually green, why does it sometimes appear to be a range of other colors, including red, blue, pink and purple? Find out here: pwg.gsfc.nasa.gov/polar/telecons/archive/PR_E-PO/Aurora_flyer/aurora-flyer_p2.doc.pdf

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Red, Green, Blue? Why does the Aurora change colors? Find out here: pwg.gsfc.nasa.gov/polar/telecons/archive/PR_E-PO/Aurora_flyer/aurora-flyer_p2.doc.pdf #SpaceWeather

Why does the aurora change colors? The aurora is usually green, but it can be other colors too. The color is determined by the altitude of the aurora. Atmospheric compounds influence the color.

 

Impacts on Communications

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Just like weather on earth can affect communications systems, space weather storms can also interrupt radio and satellite communication technologies. To learn about space weather impacts, visit swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/hf-radio-communications and swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/satellite-communications

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Just like weather on earth can affect communications systems, space weather storms can also interrupt radio and satellite communication technologies. Visit swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/hf-radio-communications and swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/satellite-communications #spaceweather

Space weather can interrupt communications: aviation, emergency response, radio and satellite communications.

 

Power Grid

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Did you know that space weather can actually cause power outages? How is this possible? Find out more about space weather impacts at swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/electric-power-transmission.

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Did you know that space weather can actually cause power outages? Find out more at swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/electric-power-transmission #SpaceWeather

Space weather can affect the power grid. Learn more at www.swpc.noaa.gov/impacts

 

Aurora Borealis

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When electrons collide with the Earth’s upper atmosphere, they produce one of the most stunning visual displays to grace the night sky: the Northern Lights, otherwise known as Aurora Borealis. This incredible phenomenon can be observed in dark and clear areas of North America, Asia, and Europe. To learn more about auroras and other space weather phenomena, visit swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/aurora.

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When electrons collide with the Earth’s upper atmosphere, they produce one of the most stunning visual displays to grace the night sky: the Northern Lights, otherwise known as Aurora Borealis. Check out swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/aurora to learn more. #SpaceWeather

Space weather can be beautiful. The scientific name for northern lights is Aurora Borealis.

 

Solar Flares

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The Sun’s warm rays aren’t the only thing that can reach Earth from outer space. Solar flares, which are huge explosions of electromagnetic radiation from the Sun, have emissions that travel at the speed of light. These flares can reach Earth in under ten minutes and have the potential to cause radio blackouts. To learn about radio blackouts, visit swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/solar-flares-radio-blackouts.

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The Sun’s warm rays aren’t the only thing that can reach Earth from outer space. Solar flares are energetic explosions from the Sun that can cause radio blackouts. See swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/solar-flares-radio-blackouts for more info. #SpaceWeather

What Are Solar Flares? They are huge explosions of electromagnetic radiation from the Sun. They can cause blackouts on the sunlit side of the Earth.

 

Coronal Mass Ejections

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Traveling with a billion tons of material at speeds that can reach millions of miles per hour, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), are explosive eruptions of plasma from the Sun’s outer atmosphere.When a CME arrives on Earth, it can cause a geomagnetic storm, otherwise known as a solar storm. Learn more here: swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/coronal-mass-ejections.

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Clouds of plasma that erupt from the Sun are called Coronal Mass Ejections, and they have the potential to cause intense solar storms. Learn more at swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/coronal-mass-ejections #SpaceWeather

What are coronal mass ejections? Explosive eruptions of plasma from the Sun's outer atmosphere. Transports roughly a billion tons of material outward from the Sun. Travels at speeds of millions of miles per hour.

 

GPS

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Did you know that space weather can impact GPS reception and reliability? Learn more about space weather impacts on GPS at swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/space-weather-and-gps-systems.

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Did you know that space weather can impact GPS reception and reliability? swpc.noaa.gov/impacts/space-weather-and-gps-systems #SpaceWeather

Space Weather can impact GPS, which affects shipping, public works, surveying, and more.

 

Geomagnetic Storm Impacts

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When a Geomagnetic Storm is happening, use this handy chart to find out what it will impact: swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

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When a Geomagnetic Storm is happening, what will it impact? Find out here: swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation #SpaceWeather

What is impacted by a geomagnetic storm? Power systems, spacecraft operation, satellite navigation, high frequency radio.

 

Solar Storm Impacts

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When a Solar Radiation Storm is happening, use this handy chart to find out what it will impact. swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

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When a Solar Radiation Storm is happening, what will it impact? swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation #SpaceWeather

What are the impacts of a solar radiation storm? Radio interference, satellite operations, and radiation risk for those in space or high-flying aircraft.

 

Radio Blackout Impacts

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When a Radio Blackout is happening due to space weather, use this handy chart to find out what it will impact: swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

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When a Radio Blackout is happening due to space weather, what will it impact? Find out here: swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation #SpaceWeather

What are the impacts of a radio blackout? Satellite navigation errors. Maritime and aviation navigation errors. High frequency radio degradation or blackout.

 

Space Weather Infographic

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Space weather is a two-sided coin: it creates beautiful auroras, but it can also jeopardize the technologies we rely on daily. See all the impacts of space weather at weather.gov/space.

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#SpaceWeather creates beautiful auroras, but can also jeopardize technologies that we rely on daily. See the impacts at weather.gov/space.

Space weather impacts: Aurora (northern lights). GPS. Satellites. Communications. Human space exploration. Aviation. Electric Power.