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PRESS RELEASE: CONNECTION OF SUN'S AND EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELDS PROVIDES
ENERGY FOR AURORAS, SPACE WEATHER
Space physicists have made the first direct observations of the process that causes auroras and magnetic disturbances -- or space weather -- around the Earth. Settling a fifty-year-old debate, scientists have directly measured the transfer of energy from the solar wind into the magnetic space around Earth, or magnetosphere, and down to the atmosphere. Such events can affect radio communications, satellite operations, and the control of electric power systems on Earth. Read the rest of the news release...
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