Solar storm sweeps past planets and satellites

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"The first of an unprecedented series of powerful solar storms that pummeled Earth late in 2003 is now at the edge of the solar system, some 8 billion miles (13 billion kilometers) away. It is poised to move beyond the farthest manmade object in the cosmos.

Scientists have monitored all the storms' progress with a fleet of spacecraft arrayed between Earth and the near the edge of the solar system. Each event flung billions of tons of matter into space in clouds that expanded, slowed down and were diluted.

But the storms remained strong clear out to the giant planets and beyond. One disrupted the magnetic fields of both Jupiter and Saturn, creating fresh localized storms similar to those that strike Earth in the hours after initial eruptions."

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Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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