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Canadian scientists said they have been able to trace a solar substorm behind the northern lights back to its origin in space, a development that could provide a new tool in predicting space weather.
The latest research used information from sensors on the ground and in space to track the disturbances in the atmosphere when the magnetic wave strikes and from that data, piece together the storm's point of origin some hundreds of thousands of kilometres above the Earth.
They hope this knowledge will allow them to accurately predict substorms before they arrive, a process they likened to s