How Solar Flares Affect Earth

  • Released Thursday, November 16th, 2017
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:47PM
  • ID: 12640

A team of scientists —led by Laura Hayes, a solar physicist who splits her time between NASA Goddard and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland— investigated a connection between solar flares and Earth’s atmosphere. They discovered pulses in the electrified layer of the atmosphere—called the ionosphere—mirrored X-ray oscillations during a July 24, 2016 flare.

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