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How Does Explosive Activity Effect Us?
See Nicky Fox's talk for more details...
- Solar Activity does not harm life on Earth's surface.
- Flares produce light - including X-rays and
Takes about 9 minutes to reach Earth.
Can affect humans in space.
Expands Earth's atmosphere (ultimately affecting spacecraft and communications).
- High Energy Particles
Take about half an hour to reach Earth.
Could affect humans or technology in space.
Take 2-4 days to reach Earth.
Can cause magnetospheric storms & related aurora,
spacecraft problems, power-outages.
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