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Two Solar Flares Say Goodbye 2013 and Welcome 2014

02/01/2014

Two Solar Flares Say Goodbye 2013 and Welcome 2014

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • The sun ushered out 2013 and welcomed 2014 with two mid-level flares on Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. This disrupts the radio signals for as long as the flare is ongoing, anywhere from minutes to hours.

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