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Topic - Bob Rutledge
Curiosity hunkered down after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars.
Curiosity hunkered down Wednesday after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars.
A baffling solar storm pulled colorful northern lights unusually far south, surprising space weather experts and treating skywatchers to a rare and spectacular treat.
Scientists say a Valentine's evening solar flare is causing radio disruptions and may put on a cool sky show Thursday and Friday nights in some northern regions. But they say the solar storm zapping Earth isn't that big or troublesome.
The eruption did not appear severe or extreme, but "middle of the road, all things considered" said space weather chief Bob Rutledge at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Rather, the planet sees a spike in radiation, Rutledge said.