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Another aspect of a CME involves protons that get pushed along by the shock wave. Sometimes these protons break through Earth's protective magnetic field and flood the outer reaches of the atmosphere—where the space station orbits—with radiation. The science of it all is a gray area, Kunches said. But the best guess now is that there will only be a slight increase in proton activity. That's good news for the astronauts.
"When the shock goes by, we don't expect significant radiation issues," he said.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
I've never witnessed an aurora borealis but I'm not 100% sure I want to see one either...well that's unless I'm somewhere in Canada or Alaska..
Originally posted by inspiringyouth
This is going on right now?
and Is the sky only looking beautiful in the northern regions or may I see it from say, Oklahoma?
Originally posted by toolman
what a magnificent Lifeform the Solar System is.
In the future, interaction between the member galaxies and with the cosmic neighborhood will continue to change the Local Group. Some astronomers speculate that the two large spirals, our Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy, may perhaps collide and merge in some distant future, to form a giant elliptical