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Alberta scientists track northern lights to spot in space

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posted on May, 26 2009 @ 08:22 PM
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Alberta scientists track northern lights to spot in space


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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
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posted on May, 26 2009 @ 08:22 PM
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This should prove to be interesting solar storms can disrupt communication devices here on Earth.

Otherwise it may not be the biggest news but I thought it interesting.

And the finding is pretty impressive.

Also we may be able to tap into this power.

Just think if we had no molten core therefore no magnetic field, we would all be dead now.

Even crazier is to think that the moon once generated a magnetic field.
Space might have been quite different in that time.

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posted on May, 26 2009 @ 08:26 PM
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It's days like this that make me proud to be a Canuck
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No, but really this is a great development, If they found a suitable solution to predicting solar storms, then we could find a way to prevent the damage brought on by them.

Great find!

~keeper



posted on May, 26 2009 @ 08:27 PM
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Cool, it's good to see that scientists continue to discover things about the Earth and what makes it tick. Who knows what more there is to learn.

Predicting solar storms will only get more important in the years to come as our space-based communications systems continue to expand.

I used to live in northern Alberta, and the Northern Lights are truly something to behold. It's a sight that leaves one feeling privileged to have witnessed it.



posted on May, 26 2009 @ 10:10 PM
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this is why this research is important


In fact VERY important!



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