NASA: Human activities now affecting space

From the “worse than we thought” department and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center comes this: Space weather events linked to human activity Our Cold War history is now offering scientists a chance to better understand the complex space system that surrounds us. Space weather — which can include changes in Earth’s magnetic environment — are…

Spaceweather protection bill passes the Senate

From the “a single Carrington event can ruin your whole day, er, life” department: WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously passed a bill May 2 intended to support space weather research and planning to protect critical infrastructure from solar storms. The Senate passed, via unanimous consent, the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act. The bill cleared…

NASA’s missions reveal the origin of theta auroras

Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the sun’s effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood. Thanks to the joint European Space Agency and NASA’s Cluster mission combined with data from a past NASA mission called the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration, or IMAGE, a particular type of…