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Solar Flares Can Disrupt Communications

Solar Flares Can Disrupt Communications

Sun approaching period of maximum activity.

Solar Flares Can Disrupt Communications

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 18:00

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1. Solar flare  - a buildup of magnetic energy on the surface of the sun that is suddenly released through the ejection of charged particles into space

2. Solar cycle - the 11-year cycle of solar activity from solar minimum to solar maximum, which is monitored by measuring the amount of sunspots on the sun's surface.

3. Sunspots -dark spots on the surface of the sun where magnetic activity builds up.

 

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