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No, Earth Wasn’t Nearly Destroyed by a 2012 Solar Storm

Credit: NASA/SDO/AIA

Yes, a large glob of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun did just miss us two years ago, as news organizations have feverishly reported over the past few days, following a NASA press release. At the time, scientists were hugely relieved it flew by Earth and missed us entirely. If it had hit, the [...]

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Earth-Facing Sunspots Could Erupt This Weekend

Sunspot region 1476

Space weather forecasters are keeping a close watch on a large collection of sunspots that could unleash blasts of energy or charged particles toward Earth in the coming days. Sunspot region 1476, the dark patch resembling the Hawaiian Islands in the photo at left, is located near the center of the sun’s face as seen [...]

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