Solar storm's impacts to spacecraft should be limited

September 12, 2014 10:16 PM

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Solar storm's impacts to spacecraft should be limited

Skywatchers with clear skies as far south as the northern United States and Europe could glimpse spectacular auroral displays this weekend, but officials say the solar storm spawning the light show is not expected to affect satellite operations or the International Space Station.

Photo of an aurora from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA Back-to-back solar flares this week, including a major "X-class" eruption Sept. 10, sent a wave of energy toward Earth. The leading edge of the flare arrived around midday Friday, U.S. time, according to NOAA's Space Weather Pre...

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